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16 Health Benefits of Peaches

16 Health Benefits of Peaches

Who doesn’t love a juicy, tasty peach?

Peaches have been grown for centuries. They were first cultivated in China where they are considered a symbol of immortality and friendship.

I consider them a key powerfood along with staples like apples and pears. I just wish they were available longer!

16 Ways Peaches Fortify Your Health

1. Peaches are the perfect snack food for losing weight. A peach makes you feel full and keeps you from overeating. The bonus: one peach only contains about 35-50 calories and no fat!

2. Fight obesity-related diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Peaches are rich in phytochemicals called phenols that act as antioxidants.

3. Keep the skin healthy. Vitamin A and C make peaches a great natural moisturizer; they’re often used in cosmetics. These vitamins can help regenerate skin tissue.

4. Reduce hair loss with its positive effect on the scalp.

5. A healthy stress-reliever that helps reduce anxiety. Peaches are often referred to as the ‘Fruit of Calmness’ in Hungary.

6.  Helps prevent cancer with selenium — a mineral with antioxidant properties that may help protect cells from damage.

7. Peaches can help remove worms from the intestines.

8. Have a diuretic effect which helps cleanse your kidneys and bladder.

9. Peaches can calm an upset stomach.

10.  Compounds in stone fruits could help with “metabolic syndrome,” according to Dr. Luis Cisneros-Zevallos, AgriLife Research food scientist involved in a study at the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia.  Cisneros-Zevallos says, “Our work indicates that phenolic compounds present in these fruits have anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties in different cell lines and may also reduce the oxidation of bad LDL cholesterol which is associated with cardiovascular disease.”

11. Those suffering from gout and rheumatism are recommended by dieticians to eat peaches because peaches tend to have a diuretic and a light laxative effect.

12. Peaches are thought to be an aphrodisiac.

13.  Peach flowers have sedative properties .  A remedy for restlessness includes boiling peach flowers in water along with some honey.

14.  Inhibit tumour growth activity. Peaches have excellent antimicrobial and antioxidant activity according to research.

15.  Chronic bronchitis, coughs and gastritis are relieved with the medicinal tea of the leaves and bark of peach trees.

16. Peach tea is used as a kidney cleanser in China.

Note: Detailed nutrition can be found at Peach Calories and Nutrition.

“Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.” ― Alice Walker

Peach Trivia

  • In China, this fruit is a symbol of good luck, protection and longevity.
  • Renoir encouraged students to improve their painting skills by reproducing the textures and colors of peaches.
  • This fruit is a member of the Rosaceae family and is a close relative of almonds.
  • August is National Peach Month in the USA (since 1982!)
  • The peach tree is often considered to be the tree of life.
  • Georgia is the Peach State, but California produces about 50 percent of the USA peaches.
  • China is the biggest producer of peaches and Italy is the second.
  • The world’s largest peach cobbler is 11 feet by 5 feet, and made every year in Georgia.
  • Close relatives of almonds, peach seeds are used as an almond oil substitute in cosmetic preparations.
  • Peaches have a long history of being used around the world.

Dont Miss Out!

Peaches are so delicious and nutritious that you will want to get the most from them.
Read How To Buy, Store and Cook Peaches.

Peach Recipes

Creamy Peach Vegan Ice Cream – This sugar free ice cream is easy to make without a ice cream maker.

Strawberry Peach Green Smoothie – A great breakfast option.

Peach Berry CrumbleThis recipe is wheat-free, sugar-free and delicious!

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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8:37AM PDT on Sep 14, 2013

YUMMMY!

5:30AM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

What about the health benefits of ants?

5:28AM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

Thank you Diana, for Sharing this!

6:35PM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

Love peaches! Thanx ;0)

5:12PM PDT on Sep 11, 2013

noted

2:03PM PDT on Sep 7, 2013

Good info. I love peaches.

7:48PM PDT on Sep 4, 2013

Fresh peaches are the best!!!

10:42PM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

yay, peaches!!

2:37PM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

I've met very few people, who don't enjoy a fresh, sweet, juicy peach.
The problem is, unless you live in the right location, your chances of having one are slim to none, as are mine.

I also, understand, that peaches and apples are the most heavily pesticide-sprayed of all fruits.
Be careful.

9:28PM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

thanks

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