Apricot has been used for thousands of years and is available worldwide and can be consumed as a jam. This sweet fruit has many benefits, and its extract can be concentrated, but you can dilute it by adding citrus or apple juice. This mountain fruit is often produced in summer and has a cold and humid nature, but its sweet type has a warmer nature. This fruit has a high nutritional value and has natural sugar that is very easy to digest. It is also rich in vitamins A, B, C, riboflavin (B2) and niacin (B3), calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, sodium. And small amounts of copper, iron, and zinc. Athletes can eat this fruit after exercise as long as they do not drink water afterward. Apricot leaves can be consumed in winter and soaked in water in summer, and consumed with the same water.
Properties of apricots for body health and treatment of diseases
The first advantage of this sweet fruit is for the gastrointestinal tract; due to soluble fiber, it improves intestinal motility, which leads to better defecation. Also, it breaks down fatty acids quickly, which improves digestion, and the fiber in apricots also treats constipation and bloating.
Apricots are relatively low in calories and carbohydrates (this fruit contains 17 calories and 4 grams of carbohydrates), which is useful for people with diabetes and can be part of people with diabetes; apricot fiber can regulate blood sugar levels.
It also has a low glycemic index, which means it has a long-lasting effect on blood sugar levels. Apricots are rich in vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant and improves blood sugar levels.
Apricots and their kernels effectively relieve inflammation; animal studies show how this fruit’s kernel oil protects the body against ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease.
Apricots contain beta-cryptoxanthin, which can help prevent osteoarthritis and other inflammatory diseases. Magnesium in fruits can also reduce inflammatory pain. This fruit is useful for joint pain and rheumatism due to its salicylic acid content.
Regular consumption of this fruit is associated with a reduced risk of vision loss. But most importantly, apricots are rich in carotenoids, xanthophyll retinol, and vitamin A, which can prevent age-related vision disorders and help children grow.
The topical application of this fruit’s fruit extract can also reduce dry eyes by stimulating tears’ production.
Prevention of liver damage:
This fruit can prevent liver damage and protect against fatty liver disease (accumulation of fat in the liver) and is also useful in liver regeneration.
The potassium in this fruit can lower blood pressure levels, thus preventing heart attacks and heart diseases such as atherosclerosis.
This fruit opens the arteries, so it is best to eat it at 10 am and 5 pm. This fruit has sedative and tonic properties. For this reason, it is recommended for people with heart problems.
Help lose weight and metabolism:
Fiber can keep you full for a long time and will help you lose weight. The nutrient in this fruit stimulates specific cells called tonsils that make you feel full. Fruits may increase metabolism, which in turn leads to weight loss.
Increase bone health:
Apricot is one of the essential minerals for bone growth and health due to its calcium content. Most importantly, potassium is needed for proper absorption and even distribution of calcium in apricots. Studies also show that apricots can reverse bone loss and even alter bone metabolism in postmenopausal women.
Treatment of anemia:
This fruit is a good source of iron that helps treat anemia. Iron improves hemoglobin production, and this also increases blood quality.
Useful during pregnancy:
Apricot is a very nutritious fruit, and due to the presence of two critical substances called iron and copper, its consumption is recommended during pregnancy. Also, the fruit helps prevent fatal consequences during pregnancy.
Treatment of earache:
Although very little research has been done in this area, some sources suggest that two to three drops of apricot kernel oil be poured into the affected ear to relieve pain.
Treatment of respiratory problems:
This fruit is rich in beta carotene, which also helps treat fever. To relieve fever, soak apricots, and eat. Then drink warm water and honey to get rid of fever.
Among vegetables, carrots, and fruits, apricots have the highest amount of beta-carotene. This substance protects the skin against UV rays. The beta-carotene in this fruit prevents calluses and dry skin. It is interesting to know that flaking of the skin and its white or gray color is a beta-carotene deficiency sign.
Apricots help heal damaged skin by damaged exfoliating skin. It prevents the accumulation of pigments from secreting newer, brighter cells under the skin.
To exfoliate your face and body, you can use the kernel oil of this fruit and sugar. This is a great exfoliator that removes dead skin cells and gives you soft skin. It also eliminates blackheads and pores. Just make sure the skin is spotless before using this exfoliator.
Delay in aging:
Apricot peeler helps remove dead skin cells, remove fine lines and small wrinkles, and enable new skin cells to grow.
The kernel oil of this fruit helps maintain the clarity and elasticity of the skin. It can be used with other fruit oils as a face mask to soften the skin.
Treatment of skin disorders:
Apricot jam is very useful for sensitive skin due to its vitamins C and A. Its anti-inflammatory properties are effective in treating skin disorders such as dermatitis and eczema.
Apricot oil, in combination with other essential oils, has a calming effect on skin disorders. However, it is recommended to consult a doctor before use to avoid side effects.
You can mix the leaves of this fruit to extract it. Rubbing it daily helps treat itching caused by sunburn and eczema.
Apricot and honey mask:
Apricot mask softens the skin of the face and neck. To remove facial wrinkles, combine the juice of this fresh fruit with a little milk and honey and massage your skin with it. Of course, before doing this, wash the skin with herbal soap.
Help hair growth:
Vitamin E in the kernel oil of this fruit helps increase hair growth and prevents hair loss. In combination with fatty acids, this vitamin acts as a preservative to prevent free radical damage.
Consumption of this fruit quenches thirst.
Treatment of scalp problems:
This fruit’s oil contains vitamins A and E, which protect and repair the skin’s health. Therefore, it is an excellent home remedy for dry scalp, psoriasis, dandruff, and eczema. This oil restores moisture to the scalp or dry hair.
Properties of apricot leaves
Apricot leaves contain vitamin D, which is very useful in bone growth. The presence of fluoride in this fruit also prevents tooth decay. It is also useful for digestion and preventing constipation. To do this, first, wash it and then soak it in water to stay in the water overnight. Then add a lemon to it and eat it fasting with the same water.
Properties and applications of apricots in traditional medicine
Soak apricot leaves in peanut oil to remove hand and foot cracks and then use.
To eliminate facial wrinkles, mix the juice of this fresh fruit with a little milk and honey and massage the facial skin that you have previously cleansed with herbal soaps with this mixture.
The dried flowers of this fruit are useful to prevent internal and external bleeding.
People with dry skin can soak a few dried apricot leaves in olive oil and then pound and apply as a mask on their face.
Eating this fruit is useful for lean people between meals.
Ripe apricots are useful for treating neurological and mental diseases, insomnia, extreme fatigue, confusion, forgetfulness, etc., due to having B vitamins.
People with many mental disorders should include apricots in their diet.
To relieve and treat diarrhea, drink 10 grams of dried apricot leaves with cold water.
Apricot is very useful for pregnant women in the evening.
Side effects of apricot consumption:
Consumption of this fruit has no side effects except for natural allergies that may exist in some people. People who are allergic to sulfur should be more careful when consuming this fruit. Sulfite is found in most dried fruits, which can seriously affect asthma and provoke asthma attacks and upset stomach.
Harms of apricots:
The elderly and children should avoid overeating. You should always eat this fruit with the kernel because the apricot kernel is anti-flatulence and facilitates its digestion.
People with liver problems should not use this fruit too much.
Excessive consumption of apricots leads to white spots on the skin.
This fruit is harmful to cold-tempered people because it is cold.
Fasting consumption of this fruit causes nausea and abdominal pain.
Do not eat this fruit after eating fatty foods.
Drinking cold water or bathing with cold water after consuming apricots causes stomach gas and bloating.
If you experience bloating and heaviness after consuming this fruit, drink some cumin tea, cumin sweat, or mint sweat.
Most dried apricots or other dried fruits, such as figs, are made with sulfite to make them more durable when dried and resist oxidation and discoloration. Sulfite keeps the fruit’s color constant while drying, but for some asthma patients, it is very harmful to acute respiratory conditions. Therefore, sensitive to sulfite, people should use dried fruits without sulfur, which are brown.
Properties of apricot kernel oil:
To eliminate ear noise, apply apricot kernel oil to the ear to treat ear heaviness.
The leaves of this fruit are useful to prevent diarrhea.
Kernel oil is beneficial in softening the skin.
Bitter kernel oil is useful for relieving anal swelling and crushing bladder stones.
Carefully use 5 grams of bitternut oil to crush bladder stones. Then drink a glass of warm sweat every 4 hours.
Kernel oil, if bitter, is effective in eliminating stomach and intestinal worms.
Benefits and harms of the apricot kernel:
Its core in traditional medicine is hot and dry.
The core of this fruit is a sexual enhancer.
The core of this fruit is suitable to prevent bloating.
The bitter core of this fruit contains toxins called cyanuric acid and peric acid. Therefore, eating bitter apricot kernels is harmful and dangerous.