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10 Surprising Health Benefits of Peaches (Prunus persica) - Part 2


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Peaches are a fruit believed to have originated in China more than 8,000 years ago. They're from the same family with almonds, cherries, apricots and plums. Peaches are known for having a fleshy part that surrounds a shell containing edible seeds. White peaches are usually sweeter, and yellow peaches are more acidic in taste. One of the good things about peaches is that they can be eaten raw, baked and even grilled. And even better, they have many health benefits.

Health benefits of peaches (Prunus persica)

May reduce allergy symptoms

Peaches (Prunus persica) can reduce unpleasant symptoms of allergy. [ [ref. 1] ] When your body is exposed to an allergen and develops intolerance, it releases histamines or chemicals produced by your immune system to help the body get rid of the allergen. Histamines are part of the body's protective system, and their excretion in excessive amounts causes allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itching or coughing.

Research shows that peaches can help reduce allergy symptoms by preventing the release of histamines into the blood. [ [ref. 2] ] In addition, in vitro studies have shown that peach extracts can also be effective and limit inflammation often seen in allergic reactions. 

May support immunity

Peaches are rich in immunity-boosting nutrients and antioxidants. In vitro studies have reported that they can also fight certain types of bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus and Listeria monocytogenes. [ [ref. 3] ]

May protect against certain toxins

In one small study, peach extracts were given to smokers and helped to remove nicotine through urine. Nicotine is a major toxic component of tobacco smoke and is recognized as a risk factor for inducing oxidative tissue damage, which is a precursor to cardiovascular disease, lung-related diseases, and cancer. [ [ref. 4] ]

May reduce blood sugar levels

Studies have shown that compounds found in peaches can help prevent high blood sugar levels and insulin resistance in obese rats. 

Widely available and easy to include in any diet

Peaches can be bought literally from any store and can be eaten raw, baked, grilled, made in desserts. For example, fresh peaches are a great breakfast rich in nutrients and can be eaten alone or topped with yogurt and a handful of nuts. You can also make a peach marmalade or peach cake, grilled peaches with fresh goat's cheese and more.

How to choose and store peaches

Peaches are available in a wide range of varieties - some white, others yellow. White peaches are sweeter, while yellow peaches are more sour.

When choosing peaches, usually the sweeter their smell, the more mature they will be. Try to avoid brownish, bruised or wrinkled fruits that are either damaged or overripe. Instead, look for peaches with a hard or only slightly soft outer part.

Peaches continue to ripen once they are torn off. So if your peaches are firmer, leave them at room temperature for one to three days. 

Ripe peaches last about a week at room temperature. If you do not plan to eat them within this period of time, it is best to store them in your refrigerator to avoid overeaching and spoiling them.

  1. Health benefits of peaches (Prunus persica)
    • May reduce allergy symptoms
    • May support immunity
    • May protect against certain toxins
    • May reduce blood sugar levels
    • Widely available and easy to include in any diet

  2. How to choose and store peaches


Peaches are rich in many vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds. They are easily included in various dishes, and can be consumed independently. They provide numerous health benefits, including healthier skin, fewer allergy symptoms and improved digestion and heart health.

Peaches also appear to be associated with a lower risk of certain cancers and can increase immunity, protect against toxins and lower blood sugar levels.


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  2. Anti-allergic inflammatory effects of cyanogenic and phenolic glycosides from the seed of Prunus persica - PubMed
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  4. Protective Effect of White-fleshed Peach (Prunus persica (L.) Batsch) on Chronic Nicotine-induced Toxicity

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Bettina Tsvetkova is a Bachelor of Marketing and Master of Entrepreneurship, a fan of healthy eating, power sports and cycling. Author of over 1500 scientifically based articles, product texts and promotional materials on a healthy topic for Bulgarian and foreign websites.


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