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LISTEN TO THE PLANTS: PEACHES

By Dr. med. Claudia Schmiemann

I just harvested peaches in our garden. They are delicious and nutritious fruits that offer a range of health benefits due to their rich nutrient content. Peaches (Prunus persica) are members of the Rosaceae family, which also includes other fruits like cherries, apricots, and plums. They are native to China and have been cultivated for centuries for their sweet and juicy flesh. Peaches have a round shape with a central pit or stone that contains the seed. Here are some health benefits:

1. Nutrient Rich: Peaches are a good source of essential nutrients, including vitamins (such as vitamin C, vitamin A, and various B vitamins), minerals (such as potassium), and dietary fiber.

2. Antioxidants: Peaches contain antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene. Antioxidants help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body, potentially reducing the risk of chronic diseases and cellular damage.

3. Dietary Fiber: The dietary fiber in peaches supports digestive health, helps regulate bowel movements, and can contribute to a feeling of fullness, aiding in weight management.

4. Skin Health: The antioxidants in peaches can help promote skin health by protecting it from oxidative stress and supporting collagen production.

5. Eye Health: The presence of vitamin A and beta-carotene in peaches is beneficial for maintaining good vision and eye health.

6. Heart Health: The potassium content in peaches may help regulate blood pressure levels and support heart health. The dietary fiber in peaches also contributes to cardiovascular health.

7. Cancer Prevention: Some studies suggest that the antioxidants and phytochemicals found in peaches may have potential anti-cancer properties by preventing the growth and spread of cancer cells.

8. Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Certain compounds in peaches have been associated with anti-inflammatory effects, which could be beneficial for managing inflammatory conditions like Lyme.

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