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10 surprising health benefits and use of peaches (Prunus persica) - Part 1


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Peaches - or Prunus persica - are small fruits, slightly fuzzy unlike nectarines, and with a sweet white or yellow edible part. They are believed to have originated in China more than 8,000 years ago.

Health Benefits of Peaches (Prunus persica)

Peaches are rich in nutrients and antioxidants

Peaches are rich in many vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds. A medium-sized peach (150 grams) provides approximately the following amount of nutrients:

  • Calories: 58 kcal
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Fat: less than 1 gram
  • Carbohydrates: 14 grams
  • Fiber: 2 grams 
  • Vitamin C: 17% of daily value (DV)
  • Vitamin A: 10% of DV
  • Potassium: 8% of DV
  • Niacin: 6% of DV
  • Vitamin E: 5% of DV
  • Vitamin K: 5% of DV
  • Honey: 5% dv
  • Manganese: 5% of DV

Peaches also provide smaller amounts of magnesium, phosphorus, iron and some B vitamins. The fresher and ripe the fruit, the more antioxidants it contains. [ [ref. 1]  For these fruit, it is interesting that fresh and canned ones seem to have similar amounts of vitamins and minerals - as long as the canned ones are not peeled. [ref. 2] 

May aid digestion

Peaches can contribute to healthy digestion. One medium-sized fruit provides about 2 grams of fiber - half of which are soluble fiber, while the other half is insoluble fiber. Insoluble fibers contribute to stool volume and help move food through the intestines, reducing the likelihood of constipation.  [ref. 3] 

May improve heart health

Regular consumption of fruit - including peaches - can promote heart health. Peaches can reduce risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. What's more, in vitro studies have shown that peaches can bind to bile acids, compounds produced by your liver from cholesterol. The associated bile acids - along with the cholesterol they contain - are eventually excreted through the stool, which can help lower cholesterol levels in the blood  [ref. 5] 

May protect skin health

Peaches can have protective effects that help keep your skin healthy. In vitro studies have shown that compounds found  in peaches improve the skin's ability to retain moisture. This improves and nourishes the texture of the skin

Potential anticancer action

Like most fruits, peaches provide beneficial plant compounds that can offer some protection against various cancers. In particular, the skin and flesh of peaches are rich in carotenoids and caffeic acid - two types of antioxidants that have been found to have anticancer properties. [ [ref. 6] ] In vitro and animal studies have also shown that compounds in peach seeds can limit the growth of non-cancerous skin tumours and prevent them from becoming cancerous.  [Ref. 7]  

Peaches are also rich in polyphenols - a category of antioxidants that have been shown to reduce growth and limit the spread of cancer cells in in vitro studies.  [Ref. 8] 

  1. Health Benefits of Peaches (Prunus persica)
    • Peaches are rich in nutrients and antioxidants
    • May aid digestion
    • May improve heart health
    • May protect skin health
    • Potential anticancer action


Rich in fiber, antioxidants, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium and other nutrients, peaches can have cardioprotective effects and promote lower cholesterol levels. There is also evidence of the anticancer effects of peaches provided by antioxidants contained therein. Suitable for any diet, peaches are a great addition to a healthy lifestyle and regime.


  1. Prunus persica var. platycarpa (Tabacchiera Peach): Bioactive Compounds and Antioxidant Activity of Pulp, Peel and Seed Ethanolic Extracts - Plant Foods for Human Nutrition
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  3. Effect of dietary fiber on constipation: A meta analysis
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  6. Carotenoids of the Peach1
  7. Anti-tumor Promoting Effect of Glycosides from Prunus persica Seeds
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The author

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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