As a fruit they are delicious but as dried fruits as well, Khumani or dried apricots are a house of sources that help in boosting eye, skin and gut health. They are full of antioxidants, are low in calories and have many other benefits that you have to reap benefits of this winter season. Keep some in your bag or on your office desk to kill sweet cravings as well. They do their job pretty well.
Calories & Nutrition
These fruits have a number of essential minerals and vitamins. two fresh apricots have 34 calories only. They are a good source of lutein, beta carotene, and zeaxanthin, which are important antioxidants that help in fighting free radicals in our body.
Containing a number of compounds, apricots have vitamins A and E. While A helps in preventing night blindness, E is a fat-soluble antioxidant that enters the eyes and protect them from free radical damage.
Wrinkles are caused often due to skin damage and other factors like pollution, sun, smoke. As per research, apricots have Vitamins C and E, which may help us out. Vitamin C protects us by neutralising free radicals against UV damage and environmental pollutants. Also, vitamin helps build collagen, which gives your skin strength and elasticity.
Gut health is very important and apricots help us out here. They have both soluble and insoluble fiber, where the soluble dissolves in water and includes gums, pectin, and sugar called polysaccharides. Insoluble one does not dissolve in water. Apricots also have soluble fibre which is crucial if you want to maintain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Potassium basically serves as an electrolyte which is a mineral high in apricots. In the human body, it sends nerve signals and regulates muscle contractions and fluid balance.
Although we are having dried ones, the fresh ones are high in water and therefore help in regulating body temperature, joint health, heart rate and blood pressure.