Meet The Plant | Peaches

Sep 6, 2021

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Last updated on November 9th, 2021 at 04:51 pm

Did you know that peaches originated from China?  The Chinese consider peaches to be a rejuvenating and uplifting fruit.  Peaches (and nectarines) like other stone fruits contain a beautiful balance of phenolic compounds (anthocyanins, chlorogenic acids, quercetin derivatives, and catechins) which all work together synergistically to fight against metabolic syndrome.

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What are peaches good for?

Healthy Weight Management
Peaches have phenolic compounds, which are known to have anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic properties.  Regular consumption can be very helpful in preventing metabolic syndrome.

Skin Health
Peaches are a great source of vitamin C, which is vital for the body’s ability to produce collagen.  Peaches are also a great source of lutein, which supports healthy eyes and skin, and fights free radicals in the body.

Peaches are rich in potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium – this ratio makes peaches a great antidote for high-sodium diets.  They are helpful for removing excess water from the body.  Peaches are also a mild laxative.

Anticancer Properties
Some laboratory studies have found that even some of the most aggressive breast cancer cells died after being exposed to peach extract.

How to get the most from your peaches?

Eat in season.  Eat ripe stone fruits when in season and as soon as possible after buying.  They can be overripe rather quickly, which causes them to lose a lot of nutrients.  Peaches also tend to bruise easily.
Preserve for later.  Peaches make delicious jams and preserves.

How to make a simple peach iced tea?

Slice two ripe peaches into a saucepan, and add 2 cups of filtered water – bring to a boil.  Remove the saucepan from the heat and add 8 green tea bags (I actually just prefer using 2 pique green tea sachets).  If using tea bags let them steep for 5 minutes.  Remove the tea bags and gently squeeze the tea bags as you remove them.  Add another 1 cup of filtered water and a squeeze of raw honey.  When cooled down, serve over ice.


Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.


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