Let’s talk gifts!

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The word gift has been overused just as much as the word love has been. People are eager to proclaim just how much they “love” someone or something but without actually feeling any of the emotion in truth. Just as commonly, people are now-a-days using gifts for even the smallest occasions. The reason is because it has become increasingly easier for people to show how much they love or respect someone rather than telling it out loud. So, whether they are out shopping for the most expensive piece of jewellery or are browsing the markets for fresh fruit basket gifts, people are finding more and more innovative ways of communicating with people who also stay far away through their gifts. Don’t believe it? Then here is a list of some of the popular categories of gifts that top gift stores have compiled a list of some of the occasions!

  • Gifts for the hosts – Host and hostess gifts are really popular amongst people who are close to each other and even amongst acquaintances. Don’t believe it? Then every time you get invited to someone’s home for a meal, don’t you think about picking up something like a bottle of special wine or some desserts so you contribute something to the event and show your appreciation for being invited? Those gifts right there are something for your hosts! There are plenty of such gifts available – such as wineglasses, flowers, chocolates, fresh fruit baskets gifts, etc.
  • Housewarming gifts – There is no way you would consider stepping into a good friend or colleagues’ new home without a gift or two! You would like to pitch in their celebrations and congratulate them on reaching what many consider to be an important milestone in life.
  • Gifts for kids – Whether you are invited for a birthday party or you are meeting one of your friends with children after a really long time, you’d like to see a happy child and you pick up a gift or two form them while you are getting something or your friends. In fact, some people ensure they carry something special for the kids even if there is no special occasion, every time they meet them, because they are so easy to please, and there are so many options that you can choose from. Toys, colouring books, gaming apparatus, clothes, food items, jewellery and fashion accessories especially made for children – the list of items you can choose from is endless!
  • For him and her – Whether you are gifting something to your beloved spouse of partner or you want to impress that “special” someone after one or two dates, gifts for him or her are especially popular at all times of the year! Apart from Valentine’s Day and religious occasions, there are many other occasions you can gift them on such as anniversaries, birthdays, when you both have a tiff and want to make up or when you just want to brighten up someone’s day!

So, gifts can be used for a number of occasions – the next time you find it difficult to speak your heart out, try a gift!

Making marriage fun – tips for couples to get that spark back

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Marriage is a beautiful association of two individuals, who have vowed their lives to each other. It is a social system where the individuals make a family and the society prospers. But marriage is hard work too; not always does the charm and fun factor of the conjugation remain the same, and with time, the partners become idle and complacent in treating each other. The togetherness becomes a routine, and it can cause problems if not addressed in time. Don’t let your marriage become boring – try some tips to get the spark back into the marriage!

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Go for dates

So what, if you have been married for fifteen years and have teenage children at home studying for exams – You can still have your personal time off the mundane and boring tasks of daily life and have eyes for only each other. Take at least one day off in a fortnight and dress up for each other, have a great unwinding time at a good restaurant or pub. You definitely deserve it, and your marriage does too. It will feel like the old times when there were no kids and world was tinted rose!

Give gifts

Gift each other creative gifts which are meaningful in some way, instead of the damage control expensive ones you have gotten yourself into a habit of buying, because you forgot a special day. Get her a nice fruit gift basket, so that she can eat herself healthy. Gift him that adventure trek trip he has been thinking about, so that he can work out for a fitter body. Gifts say you care, gifts say you remember, gifts say you would like the other person to have the things they love – gift giving is the synonym of delight! There are gifts you can enjoy together, like travel. Go for a nice one which warms hearts and lights up the spark again.

No technology days

Have a special day in a week – where both of you will not be checking your phones and logging on to the internet. Save that day for each other only. Talk, share, do activities like laundry and cleaning together. Supposedly bland and everyday chores can be surprisingly effective in inducing a sense of shared responsibility in you as a couple and your team work can bring you much closer than you expect. Many a spouse complains about their partners paying more attention to their phones or laptops and this creates marital discord. Don’t overdo it.

Stay fit

You need to look attractive in order to stay attracted to each other. Shallow it may sound, but physical attraction goes a long way in keeping the fun alive in a marriage. Don’t starve but be fit. Stay clean and organized. Smell nice. Work on yourself before you try to work on the partner. Complaining about not getting enough attention is not enough; you need to earn it too.

The bottom line is, you have to keep working on yourself and your partnership to keep it fresh and lively, else it becomes stagnant and everyone is unhappy. Don’t let your pious bond get redundant.

6 fruits to eat for glowing skin!

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Fruits can do wonders to our health, hair and skin. People who suffer from skin problems of any kind just need to focus on 6 super fruits to cure all their issues. If you consume these fruits on a daily basis and apply them too, you will see the results in just a week. Follow this list to get glowing skin!

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Banana: This fruit is available throughout the year and is wonderful! Usually, banana packs are used to make hair soft but it also works wonders for the face. It is rich in vitamin A, B and E, which works as an anti-ageing agent on our skin. The iron, potassium and magnesium do the work of keeping the body internally clean.

Lemon: If you suffer from pigmentation or have dark spots on the face, you should use lemon juice every morning. To cleanse the skin externally and internally, it is suggested to have a warm glass of water with lemon juice and honey every morning. This will clear our system and purify the blood, which leads to clear and healthy skin.

Orange: Filled with the richness of vitamin C, oranges improve the texture of the skin. It slows the skin aging process since it contains collagen. If you rub the peel of oranges on your skin, you will see a major change in 3 weeks. You can use dried and powdered oranges to make a natural scrub. Mix lemon with this powder to make a natural cleaning and whitening face mask. Apply this pack thrice a week and see the change.

Apples: An apple a day, keeps the dermatologist away! The high antioxidants prevent cell and tissue damages and also work as anti-ageing agents. Consuming apples can minimize wrinkles and fine lines. Applying natural apple juice with honey on your face twice a week will help your skin glow and hydrate well.

Papaya: Like lemons, papayas too help in curing pigmentation and dark spots. Other than that, this beneficial fruit helps in cleaning the internal system which gives us healthy skin. Applying papaya to the face will help remove dead skin cells. You don’t need to make any packs of this fruit, you just have to mash it and directly apply to get fresh and clear skin.

Mango: The king of fruits is not just for taste but also beneficial. The more mangoes you eat, the more soft and glowing skin you obtain. The rich pulp is full of vitamin A and antioxidants, which fight skin aging and rejuvenate the skin. You can simply make a fine paste of the soft pulp and apply it to the skin. Leave it until it dries off completely and wash it off with just water. Try this idea for 2 weeks and you will be happy with the results.

Start consuming all these wonder fruits to improve the health of your skin. Just try these remedies for 2 weeks and you will not regret it. Also, whenever you are sending fruit baskets to anyone, do include these fruits!

Benefits of eating watermelon!

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The perfect way to beat the heat is by eating watermelons or consuming the juice of this fruit. The water content is said to be really high in this fruit, which makes it good for a lot of reasons. Adding watermelons to your diet will not only benefit you with health problems but to also solve beauty and hair issues.

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Health benefits of watermelon –

  • Watermelons are rich in antioxidants called citrulline, which helps the cardiovascular health. By eating watermelons every day, you can reduce the risk of prostate cancer, and also, heart attacks and strokes.
  • Lycopene plays a vital role in improving bone health. Besides this, watermelons are rich in potassium, which helps in improving the calcium levels in your body, which leads to stronger bones and joints.
  • This one benefit of watermelon is very common. It prevents dehydration and gives energy.
  • Watermelon consists of twice the amount of lycopene found in tomatoes, and hence, this plays an important role in protecting cells from free radical damages. Consuming watermelons can prevent from breast cancer, prostate cancer, uterine cancer and many others.
  • The potassium and manganese in watermelons regulate blood pressure and maintain the health of blood vessels. If you suffer from high blood pressure problems, then you should be eating watermelons.
  • Apart from the high end health benefits, you can also reduce fats by eating watermelons or adding them to your daily diet. The citrulline in this fruit reduces the formation of fat in the fat cells and the amino acid converts into arginine when it is absorbed by the body. Hence, you reduce fats.
  • Watermelons can boost energy, heal internal wounds and support the immunity system.

Skin benefits of watermelons: –

  • The red and juicy fruit is a natural toner for the skin. It enhancer the appearance of the skin and makes it glow. Take a small slice of fresh watermelon and apply it to your skin. Leave if for a while and wash it off with fresh water. You will see the difference immediately.
  • Not just a natural toner but watermelons hydrate and moisturise the skin a lot. If you have dry and dull skin, then watermelon is all you need. You can eat and apply it to see fast results.
  • Watermelon is considered as one of the best cures for acne. If you are prone to getting acne and pimples often, then apply the juice of this fruit every day. Leave it for 15 minutes and wash it off with water only. Try this for a week and you will see the changes.
  • If you suffer from sunburns, then apply a watermelon pack to cure this problem. Mix in a little cucumber pulp with the watermelon and leave it for 30 minutes on your face every day. This will not just cure the sunburn, but also help in lightening your complexion and clearing your face.
  • Since watermelons are a good source of several vitamins, it promotes hair growth too. By having this fruit on a regular basis, you will improve the chances of having lustrous and shiny long hair.

With consuming this fruit yourself, do not forget to add it in fruit hampers whenever you gift a basket of fruits to someone.

The surprising healthy benefits of dried plum that make you its lifelong fan

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Don’t say prunes, call them dried plums. Dried plums are the new name of prunes. The main reason behind this is that most of the women in America and Europe don’t like them and simply gives a bad reaction with their name. But there are so many health benefits hidden in them. So the California prune board California Prune Board, pressured the Food and Drug Administration to change their name to the more appealing ‘dried plums’ (which they technically are), and it worked. And then the people started buying it and its sale increases drastically.

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It is infact a sweet, sticky and chewy fruit. That is available all year round. It has a long life. There are many ways in which you can consume it. They taste best with salads, in Indian curries and rice and the most famous is the prune jam or you can say a chutni (an Asian name). There are so many hidden benefits of these fruits that if you know them you can resist yourself from consuming them. Eating prunes are also an amazing gesture of self-love. If you want to make a fruit basket delivery UK to your family or friends, then don’t forget to include the plums or the dried plums in it. Giving health gift is the most amazing gesture of showing love and care.

After knowing these health benefits of the fruit you will never say no to it.

Relieves constipation:

The one of the most horrifying issue of 38% of Adults in Europe is the constipation. Daily a huge number of laxatives are being purchased at the drug store from over the counter medication counter. But the most effective treatment of constipation is natural home remedies. Prunes have been used for ages as a solution of constipation. The natural laxative in prune and high fiber content make it the most effective solution of constipation.

A magical shield against cancer:

It is a magical fruit that has the most effective defense against cancer. They also protect the brain from free radical damage. Prunes and plums contain high levels of phytonutrients called phenols. They’re particularly high in two unique phytonutrients called neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid. Numerous studies show that these phytonutrients help to prevent damage to cells, particularly when it comes to the oxidation of fat molecules in the body. Thus secretly it not only preventing just cancer and brain cell, but also many other small and big diseases of the body

Great for diabetic patients:

If you are type 2 diabetes patients and everyone stops you from consuming sweet food. Do this all the doors are closed. You can still eat sweet prunes without any fear.Prunes and plums are high in soluble fiber that helps to keep blood sugar levels stable. Soluble fiber slows the rate that food leaves the stomach and, as a result, delays the absorption of sugar into the blood stream. Soluble fiber also increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin.

Reduce cholesterol level in a surprising manner:

The prunes are high in fiber. Bile is a form of cholesterol that is made up in the stomach to ease digestion. Prunes help to absorb bile and excrete it out of the body with the stool. So the body works harder to make new bile by taking cholesterol from the blood. Tit reduces the total cholesterol level drastically.

Makes bones healthy andreduce the risk of osteoporosis:

There are certain components found in prunes that help in sealing the mineral in the bone and strengthen them. They are the most effective remedy to prevent bone loss after the menopause of women. 

Live Long with Loganberries

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The Loganberries are so called because they are the creation, an accidental creation of James Harvey Logan. These are the crossbreeds of raspberries and blackberries but slightly bigger than both of them. Their deep red colour is fascinating, so is its sweet and tart taste. These can be found in late spring or early summer. Its taste is perfect for making desserts and things like jams, jellies pies, etc. These usually grow in thorny bushes and have oval leaves.

Loganberries are not only delicious, but also healthy. Its taste clearly defies the saying that delicious is harmful. It is loaded with-

24_mainVitamin C: Which helps the body to develop resistance against some diseases like scavenges infections and free radicals. It also prevents respiratory problems such as lung cancer and asthma. It also lessens the chances of hypertension by keeping the blood pressure in check.

Manganese: Manganese helps in functioning of nervous system and metabolism of food. It also works as antioxidant and prevents cancer and heart disease.

Vitamin B1: Also known as Thiamine, it breaks down sugar in the body and helps in working of nervous system and heart.

Vitamin B6: It boosts the immunity and breaks down carbohydrate, fats and amino acids. It also regulates the glucose level in blood and maintains lymph-node’s health.

Vitamin B9: Folate helps in functioning of liver.

Vitamin B12: Folic acid plays a key role in functioning of nervous system and DNA synthesis. It also maintains the health of red blood cells and working of neurological system.

Dietary Fibres: They help in digestion and peristalsis this helping in indigestion and constipation.

Loganberry is also full of other nutrients such as Calcium, Zinc, Fluoride, Iron, Phosphorus, Sodium, Selenium, Magnesium, Copper, Potassium, Vitamins A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Protein, Carbohydrates and Antioxidants etc. In 1 cup or 147 grams of Loganberries, there are 81 kilo calories, 2.23 grams of protein, 0.46 grams of total fat, and 19.14 grams of carbohydrate and 7.8 grams of fibre.

24_rasberyBefore buying the Loganberries, make sure they are firm to touch and are unblemished. You can store them in refrigerator up to four days. You can add it to your daily diet in any way you wish.

Here is the recipe of Loganberry Jam that you can take every morning in breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Loganberries
  • 4 cups of granulated sugar

Wash the berries and remove any green bush. Prick them and place them in a pan. Squeeze gently to release some of the juices. Cook on a low flame until the fruit starts coming apart. This takes almost 2-3 hours. Add sugar and bring it to boil stirring constantly so that it does not stick to the pan. Place a small amount on the plate. If it retains its shape and wrinkles when you push it with your finger, your jam is ready. Transfer the mixture in a sterilized jar and leave it undisturbed for an hour in a cool dry place.

Now that you know the benefits of Loganberry, deliver fruit basket loaded with these awesome berries to your loved ones.

Important nutritional value of blueberries

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One of the exotic fruits that are worth a try is the blueberries. Known for their lustrous blue pigmentation, the fruit is a marvel to the eyes. In addition, it has many health and nutritive benefits too which all the more envisages the consumption of blueberries. It can be either consumed solely or can be used as an item for fresh fruit basket gifts. Gifting blueberries is a viable option since; this fruit has immense benefits that are not known by many.

Nutritive value of blueberries

Blueberries come under the broad category of berries. They have a bouquet full of nutritional value making it one of the healthy fruits. One cup of blueberries (approximately 148 grams), has about 84 calories with a very low GI content. Further, it is a pool of rich vitamins and minerals. Around 32% of the content consists of Vitamin K which helps in blood clotting and also helps in preventing heart diseases. About 25% of the content is that of manganese. Manganese is an important constituent for bone strengthening as it helps in the production of certain enzymes which are essential for bone formation. Vitamin C constitutes about 19% of the nutritive value. Vitamin C is essential for healthy skin and hence is considered as very vital. 14% nutritive value consists of fibres. Fibre is essential for cleaning the colon and the small intestine. Hence overall, the blueberries are a rich source of vitamins and minerals and are considered to be of factored nutritive value.

Health Benefits

Yes Blueberries are good to eat with their special tasting effects. However, they have umpteen health benefits too. Let’s take a look at some of them:

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  • Reduces fat especially in the belly region– A study by the University of Michigan has proved that consumption of blueberries is directly related to burning of fats in the belly region. Positive results of lowering triglyceride fats, cholesterol and abdominal fats have been shown with the regular consumption of this fruit.
  • Prevents hypertension– Blueberries contains a chemical called the anthologists which are marked by the blue pigmentation of the fruit. Antonino helps to protects one from the condition of hypertension. In fact, it has shown a reduction in the stress levels by a considerable amount, making it an important fruit.
  • Improves brain functioning– Anthologists are also directly linked to improving the functioning of the brain by a considerable amount as it triggers a part of the brain to send neuronal signals thus boosting up its functionality.
  • Reduces the risk of colon cancer-Blueberries contains an important chemical called the prognosticate which is found to suppress the cause of colon cancer by a considerable amount. Colon cancer is the second dangerous level of cancer and hence in taking regular amount of blueberries can easily help to reduce the risk by a considerable amount.
  • Boosts the overall metabolism of the body– Blueberries is rich in manganese which helps to boost the overall metabolism of the body.

With all these health benefits, blueberries seem to be an ideal fruit worth having on a daily basis.

Things to know about Lychee

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This hard small brownish red fruit is a native to China. This is the perfect summer fruit if you are bored of mangoes. The word, lychee means gift for royal life. It definitely lives up to the name. Litchi contains several vitamins and nutrients that help fight diseases. While you are at it, keep reading to know why you should eat lychee.

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  • Immunity: –

Litchi can strengthen immunity and increase the metabolism in our body. The vitamin C content helps the body in functioning better. The fruit is highly recommended for young kids and growing ones. Often doctors’ advice mothers to feed lychee to their babies since it can save them from infections which happen in day to day life.

  • Cancer: –

Lychee has anti-cancer possessions. The fruit contains flavones, quercitin and kaemferol. These are powerful and reduce the risk of cancer and proliferation of cancer cells. For all the women, litchi is amazing for breast cancer too. Consume it daily!

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Yes, lychee can aid digestion. It keeps the stomach clean, helps the stomach if you are suffering from ulcers and also cures heartburns. It increases the energy levels in the body making it active and fit. Oh and also, the seed of litchi consists of astringent properties which are used for intestinal tract issues. It frees the body from intestinal worms.

  • Maintains bones: –

If you have weak bones then add lychees to your diet. Litchi consists of phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, copper, Vitamin D and calcium. All these components together will help you secure your bones and prevent from any bone disease as well as maintain the bones and strengthen brittle ones if you suffer from any bone issues. This is one of the best sources to maintain healthy bones.

  • Liver functions: –

Lychee improves the liver functions in the body. It is a rich source of B complex vitamins like thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and folates. These vitamins help us to increase and improve the functioning of the immune system in the best way possible. Also, litchi advances the functioning of other organs, mostly liver.

  • Skin and hair benefits: –

Since lychee consists of Vitamin C and B both, it is incredible for the skin. It helps the skin and acts as a protecting agent towards pollution and UV rays. The antioxidants neutralize the free radicals and thus protect the skin cells from any harm and damage. Lychee also protects from skin cancer. Also, with your health and skin, this fruit works wonders for the hair too. Like we said earlier that litchi is rich in vitamin c, this protects the hair from damage and hair fall. Plus it ensures blood supply to the follicles. It provides oxygen and nourishes the hair with the adequate nutrients it consists of. A balanced diet including lychee will fix your skin, health and hair issues.

15_fruitRemember to make lychee a part of the fruit hampers you gift across to friends and family. While sending fruit baskets in UK, add litchis.

7 reasons to eat cherries

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Cherries are not just useful as toppings for cakes but they are great for health, skin and hair care too. These red tiny fruits are worth buying and consuming. Include cherries in your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

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  • Weight loss:

With around less than 100 calories and half a gram of fat serving, cherry is great if you are a diet freak. They are tasty and fill up the stomach well too. Make fruit salads with maximum of cherries in it and eat thrice a day as filler before lunch and dinner. It will help you maintain your bod. Also, if you want to reduce belly fat faster, then you should surely opt for cherries. They reduce inflammation of the stomach post eating and do not create any gas problems.

  • Hearty heart:

Get a hearty heart with cherries. This fruit is filled with the goodness of antioxidants which make it amazing to reduce heart and cancer disease. The fruit is superior in Vitamin E and contains a small amount of quercetin, which helps the body overall.

  • Good sleep:

Cherry consists of melatonin which is connected to your sleep cycle. A study has shown that if you consume cherries for dinner, you will get a good sleep with no disturbances. But it may vary from people to people. Well anyways, everybody wants a good sleep at night so there is no reason to say no to cherries before bed.

  • Arthritis relief:

If you suffer from major pain due to arthritis then cherry is what you need. People going through the pain of osteoarthritis should drink tart cherry juice three times a day. This will reduce the inflammations and excess discomfort.

  • Muscle ache:

If you are a gym freak and workout a lot, eat cherries post the session. This will reduce the muscle pain and relax your body. The fruit can prevent any future damages due to heavy exercises and sports activities. Professional runners usually drink cherry juice post practice.

  • Young look:

Red cherries can make you look younger. Yes, it’s true! Directly eating it or the juice can make your skin shinier and better. Also, you will fight the wrinkles that are ready to come on the skin. The 17 different antioxidant compounds help cure many other damages to the skin. This is the most number of antioxidants ever found in any fruit.

  •  Fights bacteria:

Cherries can fight bacteria internally and externally too. If you consume cherries at a large rate, then you will not face acne problems. The antioxidants kill the bacteria which cause acne and boils on the skin, giving us clear and healthy skin. Also, it can control hair fall issues. Cherries can make your hair stronger and shimmering.

12_mainSo, what are you waiting for? While making a father’s day fruit basket gift, do not think twice before you include cherries. Let your loved ones live a hearty and healthy life!

Apricot: Delicious health

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Easy fruit basket delivery in UK has made people take a healthy take on gifts. All around the year, there are different fruits available encouraging you to make your health a delicious matter. One among them is Apricots. These are the first sign of summer. These are green when raw, but when they ripe, they turn in to small golden orange fruits with velvety skin and flesh, smooth, sweet and not too juicy. It has a musky flavour with a hint of tartness.

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Although they are fruits of summer, they can be enjoyed throughout the year, dried and canned. They are used in making marmalade, jams and jellies. These are also used in making brandy and liqueur. A rare form of oil is distilled from the pit of the peach fruits and is known as bitter almond oil or oil of almond.

And these are not all; Apricot is full of nutritional value. Let’s see some of these.

1. Vitamin A– Vitamin A is a fat soluble substance usually present in many foods. It is important for normal vision, immunity, reproduction and maintaining healthy teeth, skin, skeletal and soft tissues. It also prevents cancer and age- related eye disorders. Vitamin A is of two types, preformed Vitamin A, which are usually found in meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. Another form is pro-vitamin A found in fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based products. Beta-carotene is the most common pro-vitamin A. Apricots are loaded with vitamin A.

2. Potassium– Potassium is a mineral and an electrolyte that helps in maintaining fluid balance in body, helps in movements of muscles and in regulating heartbeat. Consumption of sufficient potassium not only helps in maintaining normal blood pressure and preventing the chance of stroke, it also promotes healthy digestion and strong bones. Apricots help you stay full of potassium.

3. Fibres– Apricots contain more of soluble fibres and some of non-soluble fibres that help in maintaining blood glucose and cholesterol level.

4. Antioxidants– Apricots are full of antioxidants like Vitamin C and flavonoids which help in eliminating toxins from our body. They also get rid of free radicals produced naturally in the body on exposure to oxygen which, if not eliminated can damage the body on cellular level. Apricots have the capacity to increase the production of antioxidants.

5. Non-heme Iron– The specialty of this iron is that it is not easily absorbed by the body. The amount of un-absorbed iron stays for a longer period in the body and is more efficient when absorbed slowly.  All plants especially dry fruits contain this iron.

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Pick only fresh Apricot. Yellow and orange are its natural colour, but if you see an additional tinge of red in it, refrain yourself from buying because it might be from sulphur dioxide. The best way to consume apricots is in its dry form because it is most natural and safe this way. Now you know, when you are hungry, you can devour this delicious fruit at any time of the day. You can extract its juice or add it to your dessert and enjoy good health.

Apricot: Delicious health