Health Benefits of Peaches

Health Benefits of Peaches

July 14th, 2013 by Loretta Lanphier, NP, CN, CH, HHP

Health Benefits of Peaches

It’s peach season in Texas which runs from middle May to early August (depending on the type of peach) and peaks during July and August. Texans are well aware of the many health benefits of our juicy peaches. In fact, Texas peach-lovers travel from out-of-state and all over the huge state of Texas just to pick, buy and enjoy the delicious peaches grown in the Texas Hill Country. History states that some peach trees were planted in Texas by the original Spanish explorers (and by the Franciscan padres who also gave the Lone Star State the beginnings of its wine industry), but the official history of the Texas peach began in the mid-1800s. Most Texans will tell you that “peach season” is looked forward to all through the year.

Obesity-Related Diabests and Cardiovascular Disease

The health benefits of peaches are many but you may not be aware of some recent findings in regard to obesity-related diabetes, cardiovascular disease and breast cancer and the healing effects that peaches have shown with these particular health concerns.

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According to new studies by Texas AgriLife Research, peaches and nectarines have bioactive compounds that can potentially fight-off obesity-related diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The study showed that the compounds in stone fruits such as peaches and nectarines could be a weapon against “metabolic syndrome,” in which obesity and inflammation lead to serious health issues, states Dr. Luis Cisneros-Zevallos, AgriLife Research food scientist. Cisneros-Zevallos continues, “Our work indicates that phenolic compounds present in these fruits have anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties in different cell lines and may also reduce the oxidation of bad cholesterol LDL which is associated to cardiovascular disease.” (1)

Breast cancer cells — even the most aggressive type — died after treatments with peach and plum extracts in lab tests at Texas AgriLife Research.

In other lab tests by Texas AgriLife Research, breast cancer cells, even the most aggressive type, died after treatments with peach and plum extracts and scientists say the results are greatly promising. Not only did the cancerous cells keel over, but the normal cells were not harmed in the process. Cells were treated with an extract from two commercial varieties, the “Rich Lady” peach and the “Black Splendor” plum. “These extracts killed the cancer cells but not the normal cells,” Cisneros-Zevallos said. A closer look at the extracts determined that two specific phenolic acid components — chlorogenic and neochlorogenic — were responsible for killing the cancer cells while not affecting the normal cells, Cisneros-Zevallos said. (2)

More Health Benefits of Peaches

  • rich in potassium & iron
  • helps urinary disorders
  • contains lutein, zeaxanthin & ß-cryptoxanthin
  • improves immunity
  • good source of fiber
  • anti-oxidant properties
  • cataracts – eye health
  • powerful diuretic
  • excellent relaxant
  • rejuvenates skin
  • regulates bowel movements
  • low in calories
  • ORAC value is 1814
  • good source of Vitamin C
  • helps maintain nervous system
  • lowers cholesterol
  • provides 1.5 grams protein
  • effective against intestinal worms
  • helps with metabolic syndrome

health benefits of peaches

Peach Mango Green Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients | Always use organic ingredients when available.

1 cup vanilla almond milk
1/2 banana – frozen
1/2 avocado
1 cup chopped frozen mango (or fresh)
1/2 cup frozen peach slices
1 cup fresh spinach
1/2 cup of ice

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender & blend until smooth. Add more liquid or ice as needed to reach desired texture

 

References

1) Texas A&M AgriLife Communications (2012, June 18). Peaches, plums, nectarines give obesity, diabetes slim chance. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 14, 2013, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2012/06/120618132921.htm

2) Texas A&M AgriLife Communications (2010, June 2). Peaches, plums induce deliciously promising death of breast cancer cells. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 14, 2013, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2010/06/100602111145.htm

Loretta Lanphier is a Naturopathic Practitioner (Traditional), Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Clinical Herbalist as well as the CEO / Founder of Oasis Advanced Wellness in The Woodlands TX. She has studied and performed extensive research in health science, natural hormone balancing, anti-aging techniques, nutrition, natural medicine, weight loss, herbal remedies, non-toxic cancer support and is actively involved in researching new natural health protocols and products.  A 14 year stage 3 colon cancer survivor, Loretta is able to relate to both-sides-of-the-health-coin as patient and practitioner when it comes to health and wellness. “My passion is counseling others about what it takes to keep the whole body healthy using natural and non-toxic methods.” Read Loretta’s health testimony Cancer: The Path to Healing. Loretta is Contributor and Editor of the worldwide E-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness. Check out Oasis Advanced Wellness and our natural skin care site Oasis Serene Botanicals.

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