You are on page 1of 4

7 Best Benefits Of Peach Palm

Some of the best health benefits of peach palm include its ability to boost energy levels, protect

vision, prevent the development of cancer, improve the health of your skin, optimize

your digestive system, reduce blood pressure, strengthen the immune system, protect infant health,

speed up growth and development, and aid in weight loss.

Peach Palm
Peach Palm, which is scientifically known as Bactris gasipaes, is actually a palm tree that bears

a fruit that is considered a drupe, and contains a single seed. [1] The fruits are smaller in size than

peaches and plums, and they range in color from yellow to red, depending on the variety of the

peach palm. These palm trees are native to South and Central America, and are not a widely

exported crop, although they can often be found in exotic import markets. The fruit has been in use

for centuries, if not millennia, but first received international attention when Spanish explorers

discovered thousands of peach palms on the shores of Costa Rica. This country is still one of the

most important producers of peach palm and it is an important part of their economy.

The fruit is considered very valuable because it provides a storehouse of energy, which can replace

common culinary staples that provide carbohydrates, like potatoes. In fact, the consistency and

texture of cooked peach palm is similar to a sweet potato. Peach palm is usually not eaten raw, as it

has a rather strong, acidic taste, but when cooked, it can be dried into meal or flour to be used at a

later time. [2] The raw fruit does not stay ripe for very long, and should be eaten or cooked soon

after being picked. Economically, it is important both as an export crop, but also because it can

replace some of the other overexploited species of exotic fruits that have received global attention
in recent years, such as acai. The rich combination of nutrients in peach palm makes it very

beneficial for our health in a variety of ways.

Nutritional Value of Peach Palm


Besides being a delicious addition to a fruit basket, peach palms are

also packed with vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds that make them an ideal component of

a healthy diet. [3] Peach palms contain significant levels of fiber, carbohydrates, vitamin C, vitamin

E, vitamin A,vitamin B, and vitamin K, as well as potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium,

phosphorous, and zinc.

Health Benefits of Peach Palm


Energy Booster

Peach palm is perhaps best known for acting as an energy reserve. This energy-boosting fruit packs

a whopping 37 grams of carbohydrates in every 100 grams. Carbohydrates are the building

blocks of our energy supply, and by breaking down these carbohydrates, our body is able to refuel

itself very quickly. [4] For this very reason, peach palm is often turned to as a quick energy booster

in South American countries, and this very effective carb-loading tool is becoming more popular in

other countries as well.

Aids Digestion

As with most fruits and vegetables, peach palm is a very good source of dietary fiber, which

impacts our body in a number of ways. [5] When it comes to digestion, fiber facilitates the

smooth digestion of food and eliminates constipation. It can reduce excess gas and bloating as well,

while also helping to prevent more serious gastrointestinal conditions, like gastric ulcers and colon

cancer.

Heart Health & Diabetes

Fiber continues to serve the body in terms of diabetes, as it can help to regulate the insulin and

glucose production activities by affecting those levels in the bloodstream. By slowing down the

release of glucose into the bloodstream and optimizing the functions of the pancreas, peach palm’s

fiber can help to reduce the effects of diabetes, or prevent it from developing in the first place.

When it comes to heart health, fiber clears out excess cholesterol from the blood vessels and

arteries, thereby lowering the chances of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. [6]

Improves Vision
One of the most important vitamins found in peach palm is vitamin A, as well as

other carotenoidsthat help protect the body. [7] Carotenes are essential for vision health, as they act

as antioxidantsto reduce or eliminate cataracts, while also preventing macular degeneration in the

ocular cells.

Skin Care

When it comes to keeping our body’s largest organ protected, vitamin C, vitamin A, and a healthy

fluid balance in the body can be very effective. [8] Peach palm possesses both of those antioxidant

vitamins that can stimulate the regrowth of new skin cells and protect the ones that are there, while

the potassium levels in peach palm ensure a proper water balance in the body and facilitate the

exchange of fluid to cells to keep them functioning at an optimal level.

Promotes Growth & Development

Peach palm is especially recommended for children, as it is ideal for spurring proper growth and

development. [9] Aside from its balanced composition of vitamins and minerals, peach palm also

has proteins and other organic compounds that are essential for growth. Furthermore, for pregnant

mothers, the folic acid levels in peach palm make it great for protecting against neural tube defects.

Boosts Immunity

As already mentioned, the immune system is benefited due to vitamin C, vitamin A, and other

antioxidants, as well as certain key minerals like magnesium and calcium, which can stimulate the

white blood cells to act more efficiently, and can also eliminate the chronic damaging effects of

free radicals. [10]