Date: 02 Nov 2022
Many useful substances are concentrated in dried fruits. They do not contain artificial colors, flavors or stabilizers. You may think that when dried, fruits lose their beneficial substances, but this is not true. During drying, some of the vitamins are lost, but valuable trace elements such as calcium, iron, sodium, magnesium are preserved. Pectin and fiber are completely preserved. The numerous benefits of dried fruit have been known since ancient times. Even then, people learned to dry fruits to preserve them for the cold winter months.
They contain many vitamins and trace elements. Calcium in dried fruits strengthens bones, hair and improves skin condition. Potassium supports the work of the heart and strengthens the nervous system. Sodium and iron maintain hemoglobin balance, and magnesium normalizes blood pressure. Fiber helps with good digestion.
Let's take a closer look at the contents of some dried fruits:
- Apples - contain vitamins A, B and C, fiber, fructose, pectin and many trace elements. Pectin and antioxidants reduce the level of "bad" cholesterol in the blood and increase the level of "good" cholesterol. The flavonoids and other phytochemical compounds in apples help prevent health problems in the lungs and stomach. Dried apples are also rich in boron, an element responsible for the density of bone tissue. Therefore, they are a great prevention against osteoporosis. Dried apples are a rich source of folic acid, which helps break down fat
- Plums are a source of vitamin A, dietary fiber, potassium and honey. Prunes are low in fat, sodium and cholesterol. Their composition includes valuable nutrients, copper, zinc, iodine, as well as a palette of antioxidants. Plums optimize carbohydrate metabolism and increase the body's resistance to stressful situations. Soluble fiber in plums normalizes blood sugar levels. Soluble fiber in prunes also increases insulin sensitivity and may therefore play a helping role in the prevention and treatment of Type 2 diabetes.
- Cherries are rich in beta-carotene (vitamin A), supply potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber to the body. They also contain anthocyanins and anthocyanides, which restore connective tissue and neutralize the action of free radicals, which has a rejuvenating effect. Dried cherries help reduce inflammation and relieve pain from arthritis and gout. They help treat and prevent memory loss. Dried cherries are high in antioxidants that slow down the aging process. They reduce the risk of diabetes and insulin syndrome, reduce the level of cholesterol, lower triglycerides (fats in the blood). Cherries are useful for protection against cardiovascular diseases and various types of cancer.
- Pears - an excellent source of vitamins C, B2 and B3; contain the minerals phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron; contain cutin, an indigestible type of fiber with a laxative effect. Prunes remove heavy metals and toxins from the body. It has a beneficial effect on the intestines. They improve the function of the liver and thyroid gland
- Figs normalize the work of the thyroid gland and prevent the appearance of cancer cells. Dried figs also have a good effect on the digestive system
- Blueberries - contain fiber, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamins C, E, B6 and K. They are a powerful antioxidant, as they contain many flavonoids. Dried cranberries are good for eyesight and improve blood circulation
- Grapes - rich in potassium, manganese, iron, magnesium, vitamins of group B. Dried grapes also contain a large amount of boron, which prevents osteoporosis
- Dates - are rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium and all vitamins except E and H. They contain a lot of vitamin B. In the past, dates were used as aspirin - for headaches and colds
- Apricots - they contain sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, pectin, vitamins A and B, as well as various acids. Dried apricots are rich in vitamin B5 and are therefore preferred by people who want to lose weight, and potassium protects the heart
- Aronia - It is rich in vitamins, especially the not very well-known vitamin P, which contributes to strengthening the capillary walls. The valuable aronia is famous as a strong immunostimulant, and the fresh juice will help you normalize high blood pressure. The health benefits of her grace are not limited to this. It is a great source of antioxidant ingredients, which are the highest in it compared to other berries. In addition to them, in the content of dried aronia you can also find vitamin C, K, B1, B2, B5 and B9, which are vital for normal metabolic processes in the body. The variety of macro and microelements is enviable for the small fruit - potassium and calcium, magnesium, iron, large amounts of iodine and even phosphorus. That's not all - record amounts of flavonols, catechins and anthocyanins are contained in each aronia fruit, which ranks it among the most valuable medicinal plants.
- Peaches- The dried peach fruit helps with good digestion, as they contain organic acids, mineral salts, cellulose, etc. They contain iron, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, magnesium and selenium. They are rich in vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin E, vitamin K, essential oils. They contain beta-carotene, which is expressed in their presence of vitamin A. This helps good vision
- Rose hips - The plant is rich in vitamins C, A, K, E, it also contains minerals - potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese. Due to the high amount of vitamin C contained in rose hips, this herb is undoubtedly one of the best choices for boosting the immune system as well. In addition, the dried rosehip also has a hemostatic and caustic effect, lowers the cholesterol content in the blood, is useful for consumption in case of sand in the kidneys and gall bladder, blood in the urine, hemorrhoids.An interesting fact is that the fruits of the rosehip have a richer content of carotene than carrots (which are abundant in it). Carotene is the strongest among antioxidants. Taking the recommended amount of antioxidants can significantly reduce the risk of developing cancer.
- Persimmon - An amazing fruit containing vitamin C, A, P, PP, B1, F. It contains sugars, fructose, glucose, pectin. Dried persimmons also contain beta-carotene as well as vitamin C, these two vitamins support a truly healthy immune system. The persimmon also contains magnesium, which is good for the heart and against anemia. Reduces the risk of kidney stones, normalizes blood sugar. It works well for the nervous system and normalizes appetite
- Quinces are rich in vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B6 and PP. Quince seeds contain fructose, glucose, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and copper. The dried quince fruit is recommended for stomach disorders and bleeding. The healing effect is due to the pectin and tanning substances. Burdock has an anti-inflammatory effect on the inflamed mucous membranes of the respiratory tract and digestive tract