9 Health Benefits Of Peaches: Reasons To Bite Into This Fruit

We’ve all got a favorite peach dish, whether it’s the popular peach cobbler, the classic peach pie, or the contemporary peach soup. Most of us may even testify to popping a can of peaches and having them alongside a spoonful of cream after a long day. But if the deliciousness of these summer fruits don’t push you to dash to the grocery store to stock up on some, we’ve listed all the health benefits they offer that just might.

1. Keeps Skin Healthy

[pullquote]Research indicates that canned peaches were significantly higher than fresh in levels of vitamin C as well as antioxidants and folate.[/pullquote]


Every peach takes you 10% closer to your everyday vitamin C requirements. This vitamin has antioxidant properties which reduce free radical damage and, in turn, prevent wrinkle formation and fight skin damage caused by the sun and pollution.  In addition to this, it also boosts collagen production which is the support system of your skin.1

2. Prevents Obesity And Heart Disease

[pullquote]One study links peach seeds to lowered inflammation and, in turn, prevented allergic reactions.2[/pullquote]
If you’re struggling with obesity, stock up on peaches. One study found that peaches ward off obesity, and with it, prevent obesity-related cardiovascular disease. This is because the fruit has anthocyanins, bioactive and phenolic compounds, which have anti-obesity and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce bad LDL cholesterol which is linked to cardiovascular disease.3


3. Promotes Eye Health

Some studies have found that consuming peaches, along with other fruits and vegetables, reduces the risk of glaucoma, a condition that causes blindness.4 Peaches are also packed with β-Cryptoxanthin, a carotenoid, which converts to retinol (vitamin A) in the body. Retinol is a vital structural component of rhodopsin, the light sensitive pigment within the retina. Inadequate amounts of retinol can impair this function and affect vision.5

4. May Fight Cancer

Some studies link the vitamin C content in peaches to reduced risk of cancer. This is because the vitamin acts as an antioxidant and fights free radical damage that’s at the core of cancer progression. That said, the amount necessary for a significant change might be more than what’s possible with just oral intake so further research is required to back this up.6


5. Is A Good Diet Food

100 grams of peaches only add 39 calories to your daily caloric intake. And if you’re on a diet, peaches offer you much-needed nutrition without making you pack on the pounds. Their dietary fiber might also fill you up and keep you satiated for longer, preventing you from overeating.7

6. Promotes Digestive Health

If you have a weak stomach, peaches will help. They contain dietary fiber that loosen up stool and make their passage easier.8


7. May Improve The Body’s Detoxification Process

Some experts believe that headaches, fatigue, muscle pain, skin rashes, and digestive problems indicate that the body’s detoxification system may be overloaded. And antioxidants may improve the body’s natural detoxifying system. Considering the fact that peaches are loaded with antioxidants, consuming them regularly can keep toxins out of your body.9

8. May Relieve Stress

[pullquote]The folate content in peaches might aid brain health. This vitamin plays an important role in the production of neurotransmitters in the brain and can enhance cognition.10[/pullquote]
Pick up a peach the next time deadlines leave you wanting to pull your hair out. One report from the University Of Kentucky found that peaches can relieve stress and reduce anxiety. This could be why peach is known as the “fruit of calmness” in Hungary.11


9. May Aid In The Treatment Of Candida Albicans

Candida Albicans causes whitish vaginal discharge and leads to irritation and itching. One Tunisian study found that the antioxidants (polyphenols and flavonoids) in peaches treat Candida fungus. They also contain tannins which keep Candida Albicans from occuring again.12