Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)
Why not enjoy peaches and nectarines whilst they are in season and give your fertility and health a boost with their fantastic nutritional properties
Peaches originated in China and then spread to Asia, the Mediterranean and Europe. The Spanish then introduced peaches to Mexico where they were found as early as 1600.
Over the centuries, peaches have always been considered an uplifting and rejuvenating fruit. They contain important anti-inflammatory anthocyanins along with some other phenolic compounds that work together to help combat Metabolic Syndrome- a group of risk factors that can lead to diabetes and heart disease, and so are often used in weight management programs.
In relation to fertility, peaches and nectarines contain beta-carotene
This is something that the body converts into vitamin A (any orange or yellow fruits or veg – think beta- carotene!) and which helps to produce the female sex hormones (oestrogen and progesterone).
These hormones are important for ovulation and for the regulation of the menstrual cycle.
Beta-carotene is the plant-based precursor to vitamin A, helping to protect from conditions related to oestrogen dominance in women and men, such as, breast cysts, heavy menstrual bleeding, obesity and stress to name a few!
A whole food, nutrient dense diet can help to rectify this situation
Peaches and nectarines are also rich in selenium along with vitamin C which are important re egg and sperm quality. Try to buy organic peaches and nectarines if possible – if you can’t in either case always remember to wash your fruit before consuming.
Other health benefits of enjoying peaches
- Skin health- important source of vitamin C which helps in the production of collagen. Peaches also contain antioxidants such as lutein which helps maintain healthy eyes and skin
- As a diuretic -due to the fact that they are rich in magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, they help to remove excess water from the body.
- Low in calories and contain no fat.
- On their own raw
- With yoghurt/fromage frais
- Make into a sorbet
- In salads
- Cook with chicken
- In smoothies
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