Fresh peaches are undoubtedly one of the most popular and versatile summer fruits, with rich sweet-and-tangy flavor. They’re perfect for eating fresh, blending into smoothies, baking, grilling, sliced on salads, and paired with ice cream. Did you know that fresh peaches are also perfect for your health? Packed with nutrients, peaches are considered a superfood, joining the ranks alongside blueberries and cherries. Here’s why:
- Peaches are a great source of potassium. This is good because potassium deficiencies can cause some health issues like fatigue, muscle weakness, poor memory, skin problems, and even hypertension or heart disease.
- Beta carotene is one of the antioxidants found in peaches. Your body converts beta carotene into vitamin A, which supports healthy eyes and heart.
- Lycopene and lutein are antioxidants in peaches that, along with beta carotene, give peaches their color. Studies show that lycopene and lutein can help prevent heart disease and cancer.
- Some recent studies show that polyphenols – another antioxidant found in peaches – could help prevent breast cancer.
- The fiber found in peaches helps to boost metabolism, regulate body temperature, create antibodies, and help make neurotransmitters and hemoglobin.
- Fresh peaches contain vitamins A, B6, B12, C, E and K, as well as thiamin, riboflavin and niacin.
- Peaches also contain plenty of essential minerals. These include iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper and manganese.