While fresh apricots may not be the most available fruit—they are only in season in North America from May to August—they are certainly one of the tastiest.
Apart from their sweet, almost musky flavor, apricots provide a plethora of health benefits that range from regulating cholesterol levels and maintaining optimal vision and heart health to promoting healthy skin and mucus membranes as well as weight loss.
They are also known to treat respiratory conditions, boost bone strength, and maintain electrolyte balance. But the most exciting health benefit is apricot’s proven cancer fighting abilities.
Apricots are full of fiber, potassium and beneficial phytochemicals. These fruits are also a significant source of vitamins A and C, both powerful antioxidants. They also contain other potent antioxidants such as quercetin, proanthocyanidins, catechins, epicatechins, hydroxycinnamics, gallic acid, caffeic acid, coumaric acid and ferulic acid.
While this tiny fruit may seem like a one-stop health remedy, there is actually a lot of controversy surrounding it—or at least its large pit and the seed within it, which contain its anti-cancer agent.