Known above all for their high content of beta-carotene which helps to have an intense tan, apricots are one of the tastiest fruits of the summer. They give tone, relieve anxiety and promote rest. They are precious for the skin and friends of the line since one hundred grams provide only 28 calories.
When choosing them discard fruits that are too unripe, hard and not very colored which do not guarantee the right amount of nutrients. Keep them cool, but not in the refrigerator and eat them alone or in addition to fruit salads.
They favor the tan
Beta-carotene which gives apricots their characteristic orange color fpromotes the synthesis of melanin, the pigment that makes the skin golden. Three, four apricots consumed every day while in the sun are therefore used to tan earlier and maintain a long tan.
The vitamins and antioxidants present in the fruit are also a valid help for strengthen the defenses of the epidermis and protect it from possible damage due to excessive exposure to the sun.
They keep the skin young
A good supply of water, vitamins and antioxidants guarantees balance and hydration to the skin, preventing dryness and ensuring a decisive protective action against the signs of aging, especially wrinkles.
In particular, the precious synergy of magnesium and calcium, essential minerals for the metabolism of the skin, favors the maintenance of the elasticity and tone of the epidermis preventing its sagging. These two substances in combination, are also useful for keeping hair strong and vital.
They protect the sight
Apricot is an excellent source of lutein, a substance that protects the eyes. According to a recent research published in the United States by the Archives of Ophtalmology, the consumption of two fresh or four dried apricots a day is an excellent retinal maculopathy prevention strategy.
The antioxidants present in the fruit are also helpful in keeping young and preserve the proper functioning of all organs, including those delegated to vision.
They give tone and a good mood
Sorbitol, the simple sugar of apricots, is slowly absorbed thanks to the presence of malic acid and potassium: thus providing the body with a full of energy that helps to overcome tiredness especially in the hottest periods.
Magnesium, by stimulating the production of serotonin, eases anxiety, especially when it occurs with gastric disorders such as colitis and nausea. Apricots are therefore an aid to counteract nervous tension, decrease the disorders related to premenstrual syndrome and regain serenity.
They combine rest
Consumed in the evening, apricots with their richness in magnesium promote muscle relaxation and combine a peaceful rest especially in times when due to the heat it is difficult to sleep and wake up frequently.
In fact, apricots stimulate the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that rebalances the mechanisms of sleep and wakefulness. The calming properties of these fruits are accentuated by the presence of sorbitol which promotes digestion and thus helps to sleep peacefully.
There are also dried
When fresh apricots are no longer available on the market, dried ones can be chosen. They are definitely more caloric but if consumed in moderation, no more than five or six fruits a day, can also be included in the diet of those on a diet.
In fact, they are rich in fiber that keeps the intestine clean, avoiding the accumulation of waste that weighs down and worsens problems such as cellulite. In addition, they contain a high percentage of potassium which promotes the elimination of liquids, avoiding swelling, and iron, a mineral essential for the proper functioning of the whole organism.