Health Benefits of Peaches
If you just love to eat peaches, but are sometimes curious about what makes them good for you, this article is for you.
Canned, frozen or fresh, peaches are mouthwateringly good, fat free, cholesterol free and very low in calories. They are an excellent naturally sweet treat when your sweet tooth kicks in and a nice, light topping for your favorite cereal or dessert.
Inside the Peach
Peaches contain vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, niacin, vitamin B9 (folate), pantothenic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, iron, potassium, manganese, zinc, protein, dietary fiber and lots of water. Peaches are also good sources of antioxidants, with chlorogenic acid standing out from the rest as a major disease fighter, aging deterrent and inflammation eliminator.
What’s So Good About Peaches?
Peaches have a lot going for them. They are more than 75 percent water and full of dietary fiber, which right away should tell you that eating peaches is very cleansing. Water hydrates, energizes, purifies, cleanses, washes away toxins, and clears up skin. Fiber also detoxifies the body internally, pushes out disease, helps to control appetite, regulates bowel movements, eliminates constipation and diarrhea, and just keeps the digestive tract clean and running properly. You could compare this water and fiber combination to drain cleaners, which are poured down into plumbing systems and pipes. They push their way through all the gunk, blockages and debris that have accumulated; and when their job is done, flushing and draining is back to normal again. Regularly eating peaches has the same effect – the fiber and water content help to regulate your bodily systems from the inside out. As a result, your risks for developing illnesses like heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes are greatly reduced.
Peaches have particularly proven very effective at preventing cancers of the mouth in recent studies, and like most fruits and vegetables, all types of cancer are preventable by eating them often and in abundance. This is largely due to the fact that fruits and vegetables, including peaches, have lots of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and powerful antioxidants that kill cancer cells at the root.
As an added benefit, peaches may help to prevent strokes in people who regularly smoke. Strokes occur when blood and oxygen supply to the brain is disrupted or blocked, which could easily happen with chronic smoking. Experts believe the antioxidant and vitamin mix in peaches protects blood vessels and facilitates smooth blood flow, so your chances of having a stroke are reduced. This is by no means a pass to continue smoking heavily in hopes that eating peaches alone will prevent a stroke. Eating peaches is more so a means of protection as a person is making an attempt to quit smoking.
Now, continue to enjoy your peaches as often as you like, armed with the knowledge of why you should.