If you are like most people you have probably underestimated this humble stone fruit, the peach. Colorful, soft, fuzzy and filled with a comforting sweet pulp, peaches are more than just a yummy fruit treat during the spring time, they can also help you bring some superior nutrition to your diet. Learn about peaches and check out some of the wonderful health benefits of consuming peaches below!
Originating from China as a wild native fruit, commentary about peaches can be seen as early as the 10th century, where they were first mentioned in writings that talked of the special significance of peaches in Chinese culture. The peach tree is considered in many eastern countries to be the tree of life, while the fruits are held as symbols of immortality and unity. To this day peach blossoms are carried by Chinese brides and often used as adornment during the ceremony.
Peaches are a rich source of Vitamins A, E, K, C and B vitamins (especially thiamin, riboflavin and B6)
Peaches are also an excellent source of insoluble and soluble fiber which is necessary for digestive health. The soluble fiber in the form of pectin ( that slimy feeling that peach juice has) is a super enterocyte (colon cell) food, as well as a pre-biotic (food for healthy gut flora)
Peaches are also a great source of minerals including but not limited to potassium, manganese, and silica which help promote healthy fluid balance, muscle contraction, and collagen production (good for hair, skin and nails)
Last but certainly not least peaches are packed with powerful antioxidants and bioflavonoids as can be seen by their deep reds, pinks orange and yellow colors. These properties make peaches a powerhouse fighter of cell oxidation (what causes us to age) as well as inflammation.
Because this is peach season the peaches will be at their highest nutrition level! Take advantage of what nature has put out for us to nurture our bodies in the current cycle of life.
Yummy Vegan Peach Cobbler
Dr. Afivi Adiro is a Naturopathic physician specializing in diet, nutrition and botanical medicine. With diet being especially foundational to Dr. Adiro, she believes if the diet is not in order and supportive to the body then most other therapies that are tried will not work towards healing.