Fresh fruits are low in calories, composing just 50 calories per 100 g weight. Nonetheless, they are rich source of dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. The fruits are enriched with numerous health promoting phyto-chemicals; that helps prevent heart disease, reduce LDL, ("bad cholesterol") levels and offer protection against cancers.

Apricots are a good source of vitamin A, also known as retinol. This is a fat-soluble vitamin that aids in cellular differentiation, vision and healthy fetal development. It also is involved in immune-system functioning and keeping the skin and mucous membranes healthy. Vitamin A may also help treat acne and skin problems, promote healthy vision, reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration and maintain bone strength. It may also be important in neurological functioning.
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is one of the vitamins found in apricots. This vitamin is an antioxidant and can help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, possibly reducing the risk of cancer and other diseases. This vitamin can also help reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, age-related macular degeneration and the common cold. Since the vitamin is sensitive to light, air and heat, eating dried apricots still provides you with vitamin C, but eating fresh apricots will provide you with more.

The health benefits of apricot include the following:

Constipation: Apricots are rich in fiber and hence are good for smooth bowel movements. It is often recommended to patients who are regularly suffering from constipation due to its laxative natures. It also aids in overall digestion of food.

Earache: Apricot oil is good for earache.

Fevers: Apricot juice is often given to patients suffering from fever as it provides necessary vitamins, minerals, calories and water to the body. It also detoxifies the body. Some people also use steamed apricot during fevers.

Skin disorders: Apricot oil is good for skin care. It is quickly absorbed by the skin and does not keep the skin oily when applied. Apricot is not just useful for maintaining the skin smooth and shiny, it also aids in treating a number of skin diseases including eczema, itching, scabies, etc.

Anemia: Owing to the presence of iron and copper, apricot, when consumed helps in the formation of hemoglobin. It this helps in treating anemia.

Cancer: The seeds of apricot are believed to aid in treating cancer.

Asthma: It is also believed that apricot oil is anti-asthmatic in nature and helps in treating the disease.

Dried apricots are not only delicious but are full of valuable nutrients.  They have almost zero fat. Dried apricots are a source of natural sugar and have a low glycemic index--meaning that they cause a slower, healthy rise in blood sugar levels as compared with other foods. Nutrients in dried apricots include potassium and vitamin A, as well as phosphorus, magnesium and calcium.
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