Dried apricots are especially rich in carotenes, which are the natural yellow pigments that the body uses to make Vitamin A. Carotenes, may lower the risk of cancers of the larynx, esophagus, and lungs. Apricots also provide potassium, iron, calcium, silicon, phosphorus, and Vitamin C. The copper and cobalt in apricots is beneficial in treating anemia, but should be used cautiously during pregnancy and in cases of diarrhea. Dried apricots were just as effective as liver, kidneys, or eggs in the treatment of iron-deficiency anemia.
Both the fresh and dried apricot are a main food staple of a tiny Hunza principality in the Himalayas, who are known for their extreme longevity, excellent health, and an almost exclusive vegetarian diet.
Apricots are also rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. Both beta-carotene and lycopene lower the propensity of LDL (bad) cholesterol to oxidize, which may help prevent heart disease.
This ingredient is normally used as an ingredient in the following Healthelicious products:
intense desire bites
coconut, apricot and cranberry slice