The word nectarine comes from Greek ‘Nekter’ the drink of gods in Greek and Roman mythology. The botanical name of nectarine is ‘Prunus Persica’. This fruit is known from ancient times to the Chinese and now more than 100 varieties of nectarines are found in different countries of the globe.
The 23 benefits of nectarine are:
1. Nectarine, the name itself relates to nectar (sweet liquid) and is a fleshy attractive fruit with orange-yellow skin. Nectarine can be relished like a fresh fruit or as part of the fruit salad.
2. Nectarines can be dried and stored.
3. Nectarines are used to make jams, preserves and added to yogurt.
4. Nectarines can be poached, baked, grilled or pureed.
5. Nectarines are included in different cuisine preparation.
6. Nectarines are a source of antioxidants which protect the skin from being damaged by ultraviolet rays of the sun.
7. Nectarine juice can be applied topically, so the epidermis absorbs the vitamin and nutrients. This improves the elasticity and general appearance of the skin.
8. Nectarine is used internally in treatment of gastritis, whooping cough, and bronchitis.
9. On eating nectarine your body converts the antioxidants into vitamin A. Vitamin A helps in maintaining healthy teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, mucous membranes and skin.
10. The orange-yellow peel of Nectarine overflows with flavonoids rich in carotenoids. Flavonoids are antioxidants that help your body fight against cancer.
11. Nectarine provides protein that rids you of constipation.
12. Nectarines are easy on diet – 20% of recommended daily allowance of vitamin A is provided by eating a nectarine.
13. You do not have to go through the trouble of peeling the fruit. Eat it with the peel which is healthy and good for your skin.
14. Nectarines are low calorie, low sodium, and cholesterol free and fat free fruits and therefore an excellent choice for weight control and general health.
15. Nectarines are good source of vitamin A, beta carotene and potassium.
16. Nectarines are delicious in ice-cream, sorbets as well as added to cereals, cakes, pies and make wonderful tarts.
17. Nectarines are sometimes used in distilling liqueurs or brandies.
18. Nectarines contain energy-giving fructose (low on the glycemic index), vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and dietary fibres that are good for health, digestion and blood glucose control.
Low glycemic index diets are great for fast healthy weight loss.
19. Nectarines are a good source of healthy carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are vital source of energy for the body.
20. Nectarines contain beneficial phytochemicals that help in reducing the risk of chronic disease like cancer, heart disease, arthritis and eye ailments.
21. The anti-oxidants prevent damage of cells caused by free radicals and oxidation and stimulate the immune system.
22. The anti-oxidants also protect from disease associated with aging.
23. Carotenoids and beta-carotenoids maintain eye health. Lutein and zeaxanthin (carotenoids) shield the eye from sunlight, protecting age-related eye disorders such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
Author’s brief: Juliet Coutinho is a professional in student conduct administration in higher education since a decade. Juliet comes with 23 years of full time national and international work experience. She is passionate about her work, enjoys reading, writing, teaching, researching, mentoring and counseling on conduct and mental health issues. ‘Simple living and high thinking’ is Juliet’s philosophy of life.