An extra security in provitamin A
The apricot is a remarkable source of provitamin A (or carotene), which turns the body into vitamin A. This vitamin is necessary for growth, good skin and mucous membranes, and twilight vision. It has detoxifying properties and anti-oxidant known and plays an effective role in protecting against cancer and cell aging. It also increases resistance to infection. Its action is therefore valuable and diverse.
The apricot is a fruit quite interesting to cover this need vitamin: 100 g (2 small apricots) provide 1.5 to 3 mg of provitamin A, which corresponds to almost 50% of the recommended intake for adult.
Please note that pregnancy, the contraceptive pill, smoking increases the need for vitamin A and provitamin A. In all these cases, the consumption of apricot is particularly useful.
A very good mineral charge
With apricots, it has a very significant source of potassium: 315 mg per 100 g (minimum requirement is estimated at 500 mg/100 g, and the habitual consumption averaged 2 or 3 mg). Also significant, the supply of iron (0.4 mg/100 g; * RDA 10-18 mg), copper (0.12 mg/100 g, 2.5 mg * RDA), magnesium (11 mg/100 g; RDA * 330-420 mg).
All these minerals are preferred in those with high muscle activity, especially sports. apricot (fresh or dried, for that matter) is a fruit for them very well suited to their needs. It helps recharge mineral before the competition (refill all the more necessary that the effort is intense, prolonged, and it’s hot) and it fits properly in the recovery operation (which should be rich in potassium to allow proper elimination of toxins from fatigue).
When consumed “middle point”, the apricot is a fruit perfectly delicious and digestible. Its absorption is enhanced by its soft and chewy texture, and slightly tart flavor that stimulates gastric secretions. Their fiber, very well tolerated, is good for bowel function (pectins, abundant, have regulatory properties on transit: they help to fight against a sluggish bowel, and are well supported even sensitive intestines).
The apricot is also one of the first fruits that can be used for babies: first poached and thinly past, then simply overwhelmed (and possibly mixed with a little Swiss cheese or white).
RDA : Recommended Daily Allowance