Are your laugh lines looking more like crow’s feet, lately? Have you noticed a few liver spots on your hands? Or do you just want to keep Father Time at bay a little longer? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions or are just concerned with aging you might find that adding apricots to your menu might be just what the doctor ordered.
Apricots have some of the highest level and greatest variety of carotenoids of any food at that you will find at the grocery store. Carotenoids are antioxidants that help your body prevent heart disease, cut down on “bad cholesterols”, and in some cases they can help to prevent cancer. Eastern medicines has also turned to apricots to restore body fluids, help detox and clines your system of impurities, and even help satisfy thirst when water is otherwise unavailable.
The kernels or seeds in Apricots also have been found to have characteristics that are helpful to a healthy system. It has been noticed that they are useful in alleviating a nagging cough and toning the respiratory system. However, moderation is key when snacking on these seeds. The seeds have very high levels of the concentrated chemical, laetrile. Too much laetrile can be very upsetting to your digestive and urinary system(s). To avoid the negative effects of laetrile while reaping the benefits of the seeds, fully remove the tips of each seed and don’t eat more than five seeds a day.
Apricots are easy to work into your daily dietary routine. You can by them fresh at the produce department of your local store. Dried apricots are also very handy; you can keep them in your desk at work, in your gym bag or in your car. Like raisin’s, dried apricots are also very complimentary to cereal and ice cream. Finally, you might want to switch from strawberry preserves or grape jelly to apricot preserves. They can be found in the jam/jellies section of your local grocery store.
Apricots, aren’t a miracle cure all but when added to a healthy daily diet, they can help you live a long, healthy, happy life.