The health benefits of Apricots
An example of good for the inside and out, the apricot kernel on the inside has many uses too. Its been hailed to prevent cancer for centuries and new research backs up these theories. Apricots also contain more beta carotene than carrots, lots of vitamin A, potassium, calcium, iron and phosphorus.
Eyes Apricots contain nutrients such as Vitamin A that promote good vision, Its a powerful antioxidant. Free radical damage affects the eyes lenses and eating apricots assists in preventing degeneration to cells and tissues.
The degenerative effect of free radicals, or oxidative stress, can cause cataracts, damage the blood supply to the eyes, macular degeneration and night blindness. Researchers have proven those with a higher vitamin A intake are at less risk of cataracts.
Preventing constipation and digestive conditions by assisting the digestive process and internal body cleansing.
Cancer Prevention High beta-carotene has been shown to help with oral and lung cancers along with the following;
Prevent cold and flu
Bronchitis and Rhinitis are treated using the apricot kernel with healing effects, particularly in Chinese medicine.
The Fibre in apricots can assist in weight management.
The oil that is extracted from the apricot kernel is very mild on the skin and has a moistening effect
Babies skin is very sensitive, apricot oil is a very good moisturizer for babies skin as it contains many vitamins and is a gentle oil.
- Skins Elasticity Apricot kernel oil contains fatty acids, such as oleic and linoleic acid, they are the essential nutrients required for skin nourishment’s. The fatty acids make the skin elastic and help it retain moisture. Its high in vitamin A and E, which are vital in maintaining healthy and supple skin. Regular application of this oil is believed to prevent premature aging and assist skin irritation. The oil has the ability to penetrate deep into the skin and is non-greasy.
Eczema and Dermatitis are also successfully treated with the kernel oil.
Minor burns and Injuries treatment with the oil also soothes pain and prevents infections.
Scars and Rashes show positive results when treated with kernel oil.
Dry Skin when treated shows excellent results, it contains similar properties to almond oil.
Hair Kernel oil moisturizes, nourishes and strengthens your hair from the root, making it soft, shiny and bouncy. Regular application of this oil is known to help prevent hair loss and promote hair growth.
Apricots are great dried and are very dark in colour when dried naturally , its Sulphur dioxide that makes them retain their colour so opt for the dark ones.
Pickled Apricots preserve well with cider vinegar, black peppercorns, honey and bay leaves and sealed in an airtight sterilized vessel. Serve with your favorite cheese (including vegan nut cheeses) or assist as digestive accompaniment with roast meats.
Chop dried Apricots with kale, red peppers, pistachio nuts, mandarin zest and pomegranate seeds, toss through cooked cracked buckwheat for an awesome salad.
Apricot kernel oil can be used as a dressing for salads or vegetables.
De Seed Stuff and Bake fresh with almond meal, cottage cheese, nutmeg, honey and pumpkin seeds.
Poach in a little orange juice with saffron, cinnamon and five spice.
Char grill or Roast is my personal favorite way to quickly add them to a charcutiere plate with your favorite preserved veggies, pumper nickle, nut breads and meats!!
“Another magical natural product to enjoy in your life that will love you back from the inside out”