Natural Home Remedies of Apricot

Know nutritional & medicinal properties of apricot and how one can use apricots as medicine to treat various health problems.

Apricot is one of the important fruit with rich nutritional and medicinal properties. It is sub-acidic fruit which has sore taste when it is raw and become sweeter after ripen. Apricot is know as tonic fruit due to it’s rich nutritional values and eaten worldwide.

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Fresh Apricot Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)

Energy201 kJ (48 kcal)Niacin (vit. B3)0.6 mg (4%)
Carbohydrates11 gPantothenic acid (B5)0.24 mg (5%)
– Sugars9 gVitamin B60.054 mg (4%)
Dietary fiber2 gFolate (vit. B9)9 ?g (2%)
Fat0.4 gVitamin C10 mg (12%)
Protein1.4 gVitamin E0.89 mg (6%)
Vitamin A equiv.96 ?g (12%)Vitamin K3.3 ?g (3%)
– beta-carotene1094 ?g (10%)Calcium13 mg (1%)
– lutein and zeaxanthin89 ?gIron0.4 mg (3%)
Thiamine (vit. B1)0.03 mg (3%)Magnesium10 mg (3%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2)0.04 mg (3%)Manganese0.077 mg (4%)
Sodium1 mg (0%)Phosphorus23 mg (3%)
Zinc0.2 mg (2%)Potassium259 mg (6%)

Dried Apricot Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)

Energy1,009 kJ (241 kcal)Pantothenic acid (B5)0.516 mg (10%)
Carbohydrates63 gVitamin B60.143 mg (11%)
– Sugars53 gFolate (vit. B9)10 ?g (3%)
– Dietary fibre7 gVitamin C1 mg (1%)
Fat0.5 gVitamin E4.33 mg (29%)
Protein3.4 gVitamin K3.1 ?g (3%)
Vitamin A equiv.180 ?g (23%)Calcium55 mg (6%)
– beta-carotene2163 ?g (20%)Iron2.66 mg (20%)
Thiamine (vit. B1)0.015 mg (1%)Magnesium32 mg (9%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2)0.074 mg (6%)Manganese0.235 mg (11%)
Niacin (vit. B3)2.589 mg (17%)Phosphorus71 mg (10%)
Sodium10 mg (1%)Potassium1162 mg (25%)
Zinc0.29 mg (3%)

Apricot is rich in natural sugars, vitamin A and calcium. It is a good source of the Vitamins, i.e. B Complex, riboflavin and niacin as well as vitamin C. The nut of the apricot is rich in protein and fat arid is considered as valuable as any other nut.

Medicinal uses of Apricot

Throughout the centuries, the fruit, kernels, oil and flowers of the apricot have been used in medicine. In China, a famous medicine known as Apricot Gold was made from the kernels of trees which grew in certain areas This medicine was reputed for the powers to prolong life.

The kernel, which yields an oil similar to that of the almond, have been widely used for their sedative, antispasmodic that gives relief to strained muscles and demulcent or soothing properties. They are useful in the healing of wounds, in expelling worms and as a general tonic.

Here are some remedies of Apricot

1- Skin Diseases

Juice of fresh apricot leaves are very effective in treatment of scabies, eczema, sun-burn and itching of the skin due to cold exposure.

2- Anaemia

Apricot is very good food remedy to treat anaemia as it is rich source of Iron. Small but essential amount of copper in the fruit makes iron available to the body.

3- Constipation

Eating 6-8 apricot regularly will treat chronic Constipation due to to its cellulose and pectin contents. The cellulose, which is not digested, acts as a roughage—that indigos table part of the food which helps the bowel movement and the pectin which absorbs and retains water, thereby increasing bulk to faeces and stimulating smooth bowel movement.

4- Fever

Fresh juice of apricots, mixed with glucose or honey, is a very cooling drink during fevers. It quenches the thirst and eliminates the waste products from the body. It tones up the eyes, stomach, liver, heart and nerves by supplying vitamins and minerals.

How to use apricot

The apricot in its fresh form is used as a dessert fruit. It is, however, generally used in its dried form. The heat renders it easier to digest It is made into excellent jam, jelly, marmalades and preserves Apricots canned in sugar are also popular The nut of the apricot is extensively used in confectionary.

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