A true elixir of life that can improve reproductive function, prevent the development of cancer and effectively resist the negative effects of a dysfunctional environment - and not to mention such "trifles" as a beneficial effect on the skin condition and figure. All this about him - about apricot juice.
The healing properties of juice from sunny fruits were also known to the healers of antiquity. So, Avicenna called apricot nectar the main means to support the female body in good shape. Hippocrates and his followers recommended apricot juice to soldiers who were recovering from serious injuries. Chinese healers literally drank patients who were considered hopeless with this drink - references to the miraculous properties of apricot juice are often found in medical treatises of the Middle Kingdom.
Today, apricot juice is an indispensable component of medical and dietary nutrition. Low acidity, delicate aroma and pleasant taste make this drink one of the most popular fresh.
Calorie and chemical composition
The energy value of the drink varies depending on the variety of fruits that were used to prepare it. It ranges from 38 to 55 kcal per 100 g of product. The composition of the nutrients is as follows: 0.9 g of protein, 0.1 g of fat and 9 g of carbohydrates.
In addition, apricot juice is characterized by a high content of vitamin A, which is required to support the activity of the nervous system, and is also responsible for the condition of the mucous membranes. In addition, it affects the metabolism, takes part in the synthesis of proteins and affects the course of oxidative and reducing processes.
Vitamin E, which is present in apricot juice, is responsible for the health of the human reproductive system. Women need it for the normal course of pregnancy. Also, this vitamin normalizes the activity of endocrine glands.
Vitamin C is involved in the processes of tissue regeneration, is responsible for the state of the human immune system. In addition, it promotes the absorption of iron, thereby reducing the risk of anemia.
Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant that protects body tissues from exposure to harmful factors and premature aging. It also helps to maintain good vision, having a beneficial effect on the retina. In addition, beta-carotene is responsible for the intimate health of the strong half of humanity, participating in the normalization of the prostate gland. It is noteworthy that apricot is one of the champions among fruits in terms of beta-carotene content.
Vitamin PP helps reduce the level of “bad” cholesterol and has a number of preventive properties, for example, it reduces the risk of migraine and cardiovascular problems. In addition, it stimulates the digestive tract.
|Vitamin PP||0.3 mg|
|Vitamin H (H)||0.3 mcg|
|Vitamin E (TE)||0.8 mg|
|Vitamin C||4 mg|
|Vitamin B9||3 mcg|
|Vitamin B5||0.3 mg|
|Vitamin B2||0.04 mg|
|Vitamin A||217 mcg|
|Beta carotene||1.3 mg|
|Mono- and disaccharides||12.3 g|
|Organic Acids||0.8 g|
|Alimentary fiber||1.3 g|
Apricot juice is also rich in micro and macro elements. So, silicon plays one of the leading roles in the formation of bone and cartilage, increases the body's resistance, and is responsible for the strength and elasticity of blood vessels.
Potassium in interaction with magnesium is responsible for the normalization of the heart rate and the activity of the nervous system, and also helps to maintain acid-base balance.
Copper is necessary for the synthesis of hemoglobin, supports the blood formula, and is also involved in cell regeneration processes.
Sulfur helps to stabilize blood sugar, is endowed with antiallergenic properties, and is also able to increase the body's resistance.
Phosphorus takes part in the biochemical processes of the brain and in the synthesis of enzymes, maintains the normal state of bone and dental tissues, is necessary for muscle activity.
Sodium is involved in heat regulation, activates the activity of digestive enzymes, and helps maintain the acid-base balance in the body.
In addition, apricot juice with pulp boasts a high pectin content. He not only takes an active part in the metabolism, but also works as a scrub for the intestines and blood vessels. Pectin is able to bind and remove toxic substances and toxins from the body, and also relieves blood vessels of cholesterol plaques.
Vitamins, micro and macro elements included in the juice turn it into a truly healing drink, which is used to treat and prevent a huge number of diseases. So apricot juice:
- Useful for diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Pectin, which is part of the drink, is effective in any intoxication, including heavy metal poisoning. Natural dietary fiber as part of apricot fresh (and this is the only juice that is always made with pulp!) Works like a sponge, cleansing the intestines of toxins, inhibiting fermentation processes. As a result, apricot juice helps to get rid of heaviness in the stomach, flatulence and other unpleasant phenomena.
- Comes to the rescue with hypovitaminosis and anemia. The high iron content makes apricot juice a truly invaluable tool to increase hemoglobin levels. Suffice it to say that iron in 100 g of fresh fruit from sun fruits is twice as much as in the same amount of beef liver, which is traditionally considered one of the most useful products for anemia.
- Indispensable for hypertension. Due to its high magnesium content, apricot juice can be used to normalize blood pressure. At the same time, indicators are declining very significantly. Moreover, provided that the drink is present in the diet regularly, the effect is lasting.
- Acts as an effective antibiotic of natural origin. It neutralizes the activity of pathogenic intestinal microflora and prevents putrefactive processes in it.
- Must be present in the menu of "cores" due to the significant content of potassium. Half a glass of apricot juice is recommended to drink three times a day for heart rhythm disturbances, after heart attacks, and also for edema if they are caused by heart problems.
- It is a component of dietary nutrition for obesity. Healthy nutrition experts believe that those who want to lose weight can replace one of the meals with apricot juice - either lunch or dinner. Nectar from golden fruits not only helps to “disperse” the metabolism, but also removes excess fluid and normalizes stool.
- Improves the condition of blood vessels. Apricot juice increases their elasticity, improves blood flow, and prevents the formation of cholesterol deposits.
Recipes of traditional medicine
In folk medicine, there have long been many recipes, the main ingredient of which is juice from golden sweet fruits. All of them are aimed at the prevention and treatment of various diseases.
With a general breakdown, decreased tone
People recovering from surgery or serious illnesses and feeling general weakness are advised to drink several glasses of this drink per day.
Future mothers need nectar from golden fruits due to the fact that they contribute to the formation of bone tissue of the baby in the womb. Therefore, doctors who are in an "interesting" position are recommended by doctors every day to use 150 ml of apricot fresh juice.
With problems with the digestive tract
Freshly squeezed apricot juice with pulp will help people suffering from colitis, flatulence and dysbacteriosis to normalize the acidity of the stomach and establish digestion. In this case, the daily rate of the drink depends on the weight of the patient. As a rule, gastroenterologists recommend taking 100 ml of juice in the morning and evening.
With kidney disease
As a diuretic, fresh drink between breakfast, lunch and dinner. A single dose is 100 ml. The number of doses can reach six per day, if the intestine normally responds.
For people seeking to lose weight, nutritionists recommend periodically spending fasting days on apricot juice. To do this, it is enough to pour fresh juice (0.5 l) pre-cut into pieces and soaked dried apricots (300 g). Mix thoroughly and let it brew. Divide the mixture into four servings to eat throughout the day.
Doctors recommend arranging such apricot “unloading” once a week for at least three months. As a result, the weight will begin to go away.
We drink juice correctly
Despite the wide range of beneficial properties of apricot juice, they should not be abused. The daily rate varies from 100 ml to a liter. In this case, one should take into account the person’s weight, state of health, as well as an individual reaction.
Please note that it is not recommended to store apricot fresh - even in the refrigerator it very quickly loses its healing qualities.
In addition, nutritionists categorically do not recommend drinking fresh apricots on an empty stomach - this is fraught with inflammation of the gastric mucosa. Also, unlike many other juices, apricot nectar can not be consumed after meat products, seafood, as well as fried and fatty delicacies. This is fraught with digestive disorders and malfunctioning of the intestines.
With caution, fresh apricot juice should be introduced into the diet for people with bradycardia - a slowed heart rate. In addition, doctors recommend not to get too carried away with this drink for those who have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, chronic pancreatitis and ulcers.
Due to its high sugar content, apricot juice is not suitable for people with diabetes. In addition, it is better to abstain from its use in case of hypothyroidism and inflammatory diseases of the liver.
Please note that apricot kernels should not be used when making juice. A favorite children's treat with excessive consumption can turn into a terrible poison - it contains a glycoside called amygdalin, which, when ingested, is transformed into hydrocyanic acid. Of course, if you eat 5-6 nucleoli, nothing catastrophic will happen, but if you eat a large amount, a fatal outcome is possible.
Application in cosmetology
Apricot nectar is also recommended for external use. It is one of the ingredients of various face masks due to its tonic and moisturizing effect.
In addition, apricot juice is an excellent remedy for sunburn. If you are too keen on sunbathing the day before, do not rush to grab such "grandmother's" remedies as kefir or sour cream. Try to gently wipe the affected skin with a swab dipped in freshly squeezed apricot juice. If you repeat this procedure several times during the day, inflammation and pain will decrease.
If the day before you spent a lot of time in a stuffy room, you can make an effective refreshing mask based on fresh. Apply juice with a cotton pad to the skin and wait until it dries. Then, without rinsing, apply another layer. Repeat the procedure a total of four times, and after a quarter of an hour rinse with cool, clean water.
For dry skin, another mask option is good. Use a four-fold gauze napkin. Dampen it in freshly squeezed juice, gently squeeze and apply on face. After the fabric dries, moisten it again. Keep the mask for about half an hour, and it should be repeated three times a week.
For mature skin, you can prepare a tonic mask based on apricot fresh and semolina. Boil semolina in milk without adding salt or sugar. Its consistency should resemble good quality sour cream. Set aside two tablespoons in a separate bowl and cool thoroughly. After that, add one raw yolk, a teaspoon of honey, 5 g of salt and 80 g of apricot fresh. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Apply the mask with gentle movements on the face and hold for twenty minutes. After that, wash yourself. Rinse off the mask with warm water. When the skin is cleansed, rinse your face with cool water.
And finally, compresses from apricot juice help to cope with such a common cosmetic problem as acne. Lubricate the affected areas with nectar two to three times a day - and soon the skin condition will improve significantly.
How to make apricot juice
It's easy to make apricot fresh in the season - for this you need a blender. Rinse the apricots, dry, break each in half and remove the seeds. Choose only the ripest fruits - the seed should be separated from the pulp without the slightest effort. Grind the apricots in a blender until the mass is smooth. Please note that they drink apricot juice with pulp - it contains the maximum concentration of nutrients. Therefore, fresh from sunny fruits is not accepted to filter. Sugar is not added to the apricot drink - it already has excellent taste.
In addition, apricot juice can be harvested for future use to enjoy it throughout the year. Often it will lose its healing properties during heat treatment, but it will still be good for health at a time when the risk of hypovitaminosis increases.
In order to make apricot juice for the winter, you will need: 3 liters of fresh apricot fresh with pulp; juice of two lemons; 3 tablespoons of sugar (optional).
Mix apricot and lemon juice. Bring the mixture to a boil. At the same stage, you can add sugar if you want the drink to be more sweet.
Simmer over low heat for five minutes, stirring constantly. After that, pour the drink into previously sterilized cans and cork. Turn over the jars and wrap them in a warm blanket until they are completely cooled.
Store the workpiece in a dark place at room temperature. Before use, apricot juice can be diluted with boiled water so that it is less concentrated.