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19 Major Health Benefits of Peach

Peaches are the delicious fruit that grows on the deciduous tree native to the region of Northwest China and belongs to genus Prunus. Being a good source of nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, flavonoids, phytonutrients, dietary fibers etc., peaches provides a number of health benefits. In this article, we will know about the major health benefits of peach, but first, let’s take a look at below mentioned nutrition chart.

 

Nutrition Chart of Peach

Nutrition Chart of Peach
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Health Benefits of Peach

 

Health Benefits of Peach
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(1) Provides Antioxidantal Benefits

Regular and moderate consumption of peaches is very beneficial for our health because of the number of antioxidants like vitamin C, and antioxidantal compounds like lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-cryptoxanthin.

These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells. Free radicals are nothing but the unstabilized ions that steal electrons from the neighboring molecules and cause oxidative damage to our body cells.

By fighting with the free radicals of our body, these antioxidants reduce the risk of premature aging like fine lines, dark lines, age spots, dark spots, wrinkles etc.

(2) Reduces The Risk of Hypokalemia

Eating peaches on a regular basis is advantageous for our cellular health because of the presence of potassium in it. Potassium is a vital nutrient that plays an important role in proper nerve signaling and cellular functioning of our body.

Additionally, it also plays a significant role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, maintaining electrolyte balance, and in regulating muscular tissues. Potassium is also good for our heart and helps in keeping our cardiovascular system healthy.

Eating peaches also reduce the risk of hypokalemia, caused by the deficiency of potassium. Hypokalemia is a disease which affects the muscular strength and can cause an irregular heartbeat.

(3) Reduces The Risk of Various Types of Cancers

Regular and moderate consumption of peaches is very beneficial for reducing the risk of various types of cancers like breast cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer etc. This benefit of peaches is mainly due to the presence of antioxidants like vitamin C etc. in them.

These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells, and thus reduces the risk of cancer(s).

In addition to this, peaches are also rich in phenolic and carotenoid compounds that possess anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties. As per studies, the presence of chlorogenic acid and neochlorogenic acid present in peaches plays a significant role in inhibiting the growth of breast cancer cells without causing any damage to normal cells ( which makes it safer than chemotherapy, which also affects healthy cells in a negative manner).

Additionally, it was also found that botanical group “Rosaceae” ( which includes peaches) are a rich source of beta-carotene which provides protection against lung cancer.

(4) Great For Skin Care

Another important benefit of peaches is their ability to protect our skin from free radical damage and keep it healthy. This benefit of peaches is mainly due to the presence of antioxidants and antioxidantal compounds in them. These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells.

Free radicals are nothing but the unstabilized ions that gets formed during the oxidation process in our body. As these are unstabilized ions, so they steal an electron from the neighboring molecules and cause oxidative damage to them. Antioxidants stabilize these unstabilized ions and prevent them from causing oxidative damage to our skin cells which could otherwise cause signs of premature aging like fine lines, age spots, dark spots, wrinkles etc.

In addition to the antioxidants, peaches are also rich in flavonoids, vitamins, minerals etc. which plays an important role in keeping our skin healthy.

 (5) Reduces Inflammation

Consuming peaches on a regular and moderate basis is very beneficial for the individuals suffering from inflammatory diseases like gout, rheumatism etc. This benefit of peaches is mainly because of the presence of vitamin C in it.

Vitamin C is an antioxidantal compound that also provides anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Eating peaches provide relief from inflammation which is a major cause of gout and rheumatism.

(6) Beneficial For Our Eye Health

Our eyes are our window to the world as they allow us to enjoy the beauty of this world. It is important for us to make sure that we are taking good care of our eyes, and eating peaches on a regular and moderate basis can help with the same. They are an excellent source of beta-carotene which gets converted to vitamin A which is a vital mineral for our eye health and provides protection against eye diseases like xerophthalmia and blindness.

As per a research study, it was found that carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin present in peaches play an important role in reducing the prevalence of nuclear cataract, as they reside in the macular pigment of our eyes and protects our retina from age-related macular degeneration.

In addition to this, other antioxidants and antioxidantal compounds present in peaches also plays a significant role in protecting our eyes from the oxidative damage, as they fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our eyes, and also from the potential injury caused by UV rays.

(7) Good For Pregnant Women

Peaches are very beneficial during pregnancy because of the presence of a number of essential vitamins and minerals in them.  Vitamin C present in peaches plays an important role in maintaining the healthy growth of bones, teeth, skin, muscles and blood vessels of the baby. It also aids in the absorption of iron which is extremely important during the pregnancy stage.

Potassium present in peaches helps in providing relief from general fatigue and muscle cramps which are common during pregnancy stage. Peaches are also rich in folic acid which provides protection against neural tube defects like spina bifida. They are also rich in dietary fibers which keep our digestive system healthy and provides relief from constipation.

 (8) Keeps Our Digestive System Healthy

Eating peaches on a regular and moderate basis is very beneficial for our stomach and helps in keeping our digestive system healthy. This benefit of peaches is mainly due to the presence of dietary fibers in them. These dietary fibers act as a natural laxative and ensure smooth elimination of waste from our body, and thus provides relief from constipation and as well as other stomach disorders like hemorrhoids, stomach ulcers, gastritis and irregular bowel movement etc.

These dietary fibers act as a natural laxative and ensure smooth elimination of waste from our body, and thus provides relief from constipation and as well as other stomach disorders like hemorrhoids, stomach ulcers, gastritis and irregular bowel movement etc.

It also helps in eliminating toxins from our intestines and provides protection against stomach cancers etc.

In China, peach tea is also used as a kidney cleanser and eating peaches also help in removing worms from the intestines.

(9) Good For Nervous System

Regular and moderate consumption of peaches is very beneficial for our nervous system as they provide relief from stress and anxiety and helps in keeping our nervous system calm. This benefit of peach is mainly due to the presence of vital mineral magnesium in it.

Magnesium plays many important roles in our body, and some of these are maintaining bone health, providing relief from stress and depression, aids in carbohydrate metabolism, regulates blood pressure etc. Deficiency of magnesium can affect the functioning of nervous system in a negative manner and also results in hyper excited muscles, and increased activity of nerve signals.

As per a research study, it was found that consuming food rich in magnesium along with vitamin B6 improves our nervous system functionalities.  For this reason, it is advised to eat peaches on a regular basis.

Deficiency of magnesium can affect the functioning of the nervous system in a negative manner and also results in hyper excited muscles, and increased activity of nerve signals. As per a research study, it was found that consuming food rich in magnesium along with vitamin B6 improves our nervous system functionalities.  For this reason, it is advised to eat peaches on a regular basis.

(10) Aids In Weight Management

Consuming peaches on a regular basis is very beneficial for the people who are on a weight loss regime. Eating 100 grams of peaches provides only 39 calories. In addition to this, peaches are also rich in water and dietary fibers which play a very important role in weight management.

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The dietary fiber present in peach keep us satisfied for longer, and decreases our urge to eat again and again, and thus controls overeating. As overeating is a major factor behind obesity, so by controlling overeating, peaches help in controlling obesity.

(11) Helps Controlling Metabolic Syndrome

As per a research conducted by the American Chemical society of Philadelphia, it was found that phenolic compounds present in stone fruits like peach provides anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic and antiobesity properties in various cell lines, and thus reduces the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and thus keeps our cardiovascular system healthy.

(12) Make Our Immune System Stronger

Another important advantage of peach is their ability to keep our immune system stronger. This benefit of peaches is mainly due to the presence of antioxidants and antioxidantal compounds like vitamin C, flavonoids, phytonutrients etc. present in them.

These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells, including the immune cells.

Free radicals are nothing but the unstabilized ions that get formed during the oxidation process in our body. As these are unstabilized so they steal electrons from the neighboring molecules, and cause oxidative damage to them. By protecting our immune system from the oxidative damage, peaches plays a very important role in keeping us healthy.

This is because our immune system fights with the foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses etc. from entering our body, and even if they manage to enter our body, it is the immune system that fights with them and makes us healthy again. When our immune system is stronger, we are less likely to get infected by diseases like cold, cough, flu etc.

(13) Keeps Cholesterol Level Under Control

Eating peaches on a regular basis is very effective in regulating our bad cholesterol level and helps in keeping our cardiovascular system healthy. This benefit of peach is mainly because of the presence of phenolic compounds in them. These compounds play an important role in stimulating good HDL cholesterol and reduces bad LDL cholesterol level in our body.

In addition to this, the dietary fiber present in peach also plays an important role in regulating cholesterol level and reduces the risk of various cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart stroke, irregular heartbeat etc.

(14) Provides Anti-ageing Benefits

Regular and moderate consumption of peach is also good for our skin and provides a number of anti-ageing benefits. These benefits of peach are mainly because of the presence of antioxidants and antioxidantal compounds like vitamin C, phenolic acid, flavonoids etc. in them.

These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our skin cells, and thus reduces the risk of premature aging like fine lines, age spots, dark spots, wrinkles, skin blemishes etc.

In addition to this, peach is also a good source of zinc which promotes the production of antibodies and also boost the level of reproductive hormone “Testosterone” in males.

(15) Make Our Bones & Teeth Stronger

Eating peaches on a regular basis helps in keeping our bones stronger and teeth healthy. This benefit of peach is mainly because of the presence of phosphorus in it. Phosphorus is a vital mineral that plays an important role in strengthening our bones and teeth, and also helps in maintaining and repairing bodily tissues.

It has been found that consuming food rich in phosphorus promotes remineralization of bones, and improves their rigidity. In addition to the calcium, vitamin C present in peach also plays an important role in improving our bone health and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.

(16) Wonderful Detoxification Agent

Peaches are also good for detoxification. Eating peaches on a regular basis aids in flushing out toxins from our liver and kidneys, and keep them healthy. As per a study, it was found that peach extract possesses hepato-protectant elements and are useful in treating conditions caused by prolonged therapy for various diseases like a migraine, tuberculosis, and diabetes.  In ancient culture too, peaches are being used for detoxification purpose.

( 17) Good For Blood Stasis

Another important advantage of consuming peaches on a regular basis is their ability to treats blood stasis. Blood stasis is a condition in which blood becomes inactive, and this may arise as a consequence of long-term blood deficiency and dryness of blood. Some of the major reason behind blood stasis is childbirth, abdominal injuries or surgeries.

(18) Improves Cellular Health

Regular and moderate consumption of peach is also good for our cellular health. This benefit of peach is mainly due to the presence of iron in them. Iron is a vital nutrient that aids the formation of hemoglobin in red blood cells, and thus reduces the risk of anemia.

Anemia is a condition caused by the deficiency of red blood cells in our blood. In addition to the iron, peaches are also rich in vitamin C which improves the absorption of iron thus helps to maintain cellular health.

(19) Provides Protection Against Neurodegenerative Disorders

Eating peaches on a regular and moderate basis is good for our brain and reduces the risk of various neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Being a good source of many nutrients like vitamins and minerals, peach plays an important role in keeping our nervous system healthy.

The antioxidants present in peach fights with the free radicals of our body stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our brain cells. Free radicals are nothing but the unstabilized ions that get formed during the oxidation process in our body.

As these are unstabilized ions, so they steal electrons from the neighboring molecules, and while doing so, they cause oxidative damage to them.

In addition to this, other phytonutrients and flavonoids present in peach also play a significant role in improving our brain function.

 

Reference(s)

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-peach.html

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/16-health-benefits-of-peaches.html

http://www.top10homeremedies.com/kitchen-ingredients/top-10-health-benefits-of-peaches.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peach

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/peaches.html

 

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The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as a medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, but I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.

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About Bharat Sharma

Bharat Sharma is a simple guy who lives in Delhi,India and loves writing about the health and beauty benefits of the common food item we see in our kitchen and refrigerator.

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