Colourful fruit are packed with antioxidants.
Blueberries are well known for their anthocyanins (antioxidants, phytonutrients), although a study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry reported that plums contain as many, if not more. Anthocyanins, which are thought to protect against carcinogens, are found in blue/purple fruit. Beta-carotene is the carotenoid antioxidant found in red, yellow and orange fruit.
Peaches, along with other yellow/orange fruit, are said to boost the immune system. One large peach provides over 10% of the daily Vitamin A requirement and just under 20% of the recommended Vitamin C. The two are known for their immune boosting properties.
The electrolytes in peaches are helpful, especially during the summer months when the Montreal humidity may encourage us to perspire at a higher rate. Potassium plays a very important role in normal heart, kidney, brain, and muscle function. It is known to help prevent muscle fatigue and weakness and to help regulate blood pressure and heart rate.
The phosphorus in peaches enables calcium to function effectively as a bone building mineral, and allows the proper digestion of niacin and riboflavin. The kidneys act as a filter and are responsible for removing waste and excess fluid and, to some extent, rely on phosphorus to do so.
Whether we think of a peach as an important source of antioxidants, a lutein packed oxidative stress reliever, a central nervous system booster, a fibre provider, or a sodium, cholesterol and fat free natural sugar source doesn't really matter because once we bite into a Montreal Farmers' Market locally grown, fresh and tasty peach, we need only enjoy.
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