We’ve all got a favorite peach dish, whether it’s the popular peach cobbler, the classic peach pie, or the contemporary peach soup. Most of us may even testify to popping a can of peaches and having them alongside a spoonful of cream after a long day. But if the deliciousness of these summer fruits don’t push you to dash to the grocery store to stock up on some, we’ve listed all the health benefits they offer that just might.
1. Keeps Skin Healthy
Research indicates that canned peaches were significantly higher than fresh in levels of vitamin C as well as antioxidants and folate.
Every peach takes you 10% closer to your everyday vitamin C requirements. This vitamin has antioxidant properties which reduce free radical damage and, in turn, prevent wrinkle formation and fight skin damage caused by the sun and pollution. In addition to this, it also boosts collagen production which is the support system of your skin.1
2. Prevents Obesity And Heart Disease
One study links peach seeds to lowered inflammation and, in turn, prevented allergic reactions.2
3. Promotes Eye Health
Some studies have found that consuming peaches, along with other fruits and vegetables, reduces the risk of glaucoma, a condition that causes blindness.4 Peaches are also packed with β-Cryptoxanthin, a carotenoid, which converts to retinol (vitamin A) in the body. Retinol is a vital structural component of rhodopsin, the light sensitive pigment within the retina. Inadequate amounts of retinol can impair this function and affect vision.5
4. May Fight Cancer
Some studies link the vitamin C content in peaches to reduced risk of cancer. This is because the vitamin acts as an antioxidant and fights free radical damage that’s at the core of cancer progression. That said, the amount necessary for a significant change might be more than what’s possible with just oral intake so further research is required to back this up.6
5. Is A Good Diet Food
100 grams of peaches only add 39 calories to your daily caloric intake. And if you’re on a diet, peaches offer you much-needed nutrition without making you pack on the pounds. Their dietary fiber might also fill you up and keep you satiated for longer, preventing you from overeating.7
6. Promotes Digestive Health
If you have a weak stomach, peaches will help. They contain dietary fiber that loosen up stool and make their passage easier.8
7. May Improve The Body’s Detoxification Process
Some experts believe that headaches, fatigue, muscle pain, skin rashes, and digestive problems indicate that the body’s detoxification system may be overloaded. And antioxidants may improve the body’s natural detoxifying system. Considering the fact that peaches are loaded with antioxidants, consuming them regularly can keep toxins out of your body.9
8. May Relieve Stress
The folate content in peaches might aid brain health. This vitamin plays an important role in the production of neurotransmitters in the brain and can enhance cognition.10
Pick up a peach the next time deadlines leave you wanting to pull your hair out. One report from the University Of Kentucky found that peaches can relieve stress and reduce anxiety. This could be why peach is known as the “fruit of calmness” in Hungary.11
9. May Aid In The Treatment Of Candida Albicans
Candida Albicans causes whitish vaginal discharge and leads to irritation and itching. One Tunisian study found that the antioxidants (polyphenols and flavonoids) in peaches treat Candida fungus. They also contain tannins which keep Candida Albicans from occuring again.12
|↑1||Pick Peaches for Healthy Nutrients. Tufts University.|
|↑2||Kim, Geum Jin, Hyun Gyu Choi, Ji Hyang Kim, Sang Hyun Kim, Jeong Ah Kim, and Seung Ho Lee. “Anti-allergic inflammatory effects of cyanogenic and phenolic glycosides from the seed of Prunus persica.” Natural product communications 8, no. 12 (2013): 1739-1740.|
|↑3||Peaches, plums, nectarines give obesity, diabetes slim chance. Texas A&M AgriLife Communications.|
|↑4||Giaconi, Joann A., Fei Yu, Katie L. Stone, Kathryn L. Pedula, Kristine E. Ensrud, Jane A. Cauley, Marc C. Hochberg, Anne L. Coleman, and Study of Osteoporotic Fractures Research Group. “The association of consumption of fruits/vegetables with decreased risk of glaucoma among older African-American women in the study of osteoporotic fractures.” American journal of ophthalmology 154, no. 4 (2012): 635-644.|
|↑5||Vitamin A (Retinol).
|↑6||Health Benefits of Peaches: A Delicious Summer Fruit. The State University of New Jersey.|
|↑7||Health Benefits of Peaches: A Delicious Summer Fruit.
|↑8||Peaches. Oregon State University.|
|↑9||How Are Food and the Environment Related? University Of Minnesota.|
|↑10||Nutrition Education With Seniors.
|↑11||Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Newsletter. University Of Kentucky.|
|↑12||Belhadj, Feten, Imen Somrani, Neyssene Aissaoui, Chokri Messaoud, Mohamed Boussaid, and M. Nejib Marzouki. “Bioactive compounds contents, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities during ripening of Prunus persica L. varieties from the North West of Tunisia.” Food chemistry 204 (2016): 29-36.|