16 Health Benefits of Peaches

Who doesn’t love a juicy, tasty peach?

Peacheshave 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 agreat 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 theAmerican Chemical Societyin 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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215 comments

Marie P
Marie P15 days ago

TYFS

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Naomi D
Naomi Dreyer17 days ago

We don't get them in El Salvador. Boo hoo!

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Maria PETRILLO
Maria PETRILLO17 days ago

I LOVE peaches thanks for the article ..

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James K
James K18 days ago

I eat them every day while in season. Delicious!

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Nicole H
Nicole H18 days ago

Love peaches very much. Regretfully only 5, max. 6 weeks and the season is gone. We get our peaches from Italy, and July is the best month, till mid August. So, now that I can still buy them, I get some more kilos. Certainly now that I see they are so beneficial to our health. 2 things combined in 1 : very tasty and very healthy. Does not happen so often. :-)

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Kay M
Kay M18 days ago

Good afternoon and thank you for this article on peaches - I LOVE THEM- glad to see they are so healthy for us- sincerely KAY M.

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Caitlin B
Caitlin B23 days ago

thank you

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Beryl L
Beryl Ludwig23 days ago

too bad peaches today in most every grocery store are bathed in pesticides and herbicides. I remember the good old days when you might find a bug....Georgia peaches used to be good. not anymore. they are poison. find an organic grower and now we're talking.
Love the article though
thank you very much

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Ruth S
Ruth S29 days ago

Thanks.

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'Great White'
'Great White' 29 days ago

This is an AWESOME & helpful article, I did not know of all those benefits to peaches. I love organic peaches (as I love most Vegan & organic food, so probably not saying much, ha, ha, ha)

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