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7 Health Benefits of Peach Juice
Peach juice is a refreshing drink filled with many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This sweet drink is enjoyed by both kids and adults, with peach juice being part of many recipes for drinks, salad dressings, smoothies, and desserts.
Here are 7 amazing health benefits of peach juice that you may have not known.
Peach juice is commonly used as an ingredient in many cosmetic products. One reason for this is peaches contain 13.2% of the daily recommended vitamin C, and vitamin C plays a role in your overall skin health.1
One way Vitamin C plays a critical role in your skin health is it boosts your collagen levels.2 Collagen is a protein that keeps the skin youthful. Furthermore, vitamin C prevents wrinkles and skin dryness, which results in a healthier, younger appearance.3
Promotes Heart Health
Another correlation between peaches and heart health is the compounds in peaches can bind bile acids, which are produced by the liver when cholesterol levels are high. Peaches can remove these bile acids, resulting in overall lower cholesterol levels.5
There are 54 calories found in 100 grams of sugared peach juice. This makes peach juice one of the lowest calorie fruit drinks, making it a great option for maintaining and losing weight.6
It’s important to check the labels of the peach juice that you buy at the store because many brands will add sugar and extra additives that can contribute to a higher calorie count. To avoid extra sugars, make your own peach juice at home or buy fresh peach juice from a local grower.
Peaches contain the carotenoid beta carotene, an antioxidant compound credited with giving peaches their red-orange color. Many studies show that carotenoids reduce the risk of macular degeneration, which causes vision loss, by 35%.5
Your body will convert beta carotene into vitamin A, which positively impacts your vision and eye health. Vitamin A helps your eyes maintain a clear cornea, which is the outside of your eye. Vitamin A also affects your ability to see in dim lighting because it is a component of the protein rhodopsin.7
Reduces Cancer Risk
While there is no single food that can protect against cancer, peach juice can be a way to reduce your risk. One study found that peaches contain compounds that can slow the progression of different cancers.8
Peaches contain carotenoids and caffeic acid, two antioxidants proven to help fight cancer. Peaches are also a good source of polyphenols, which can prevent cancer from growing and neutralize cancer cells.5
Peaches contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber is responsible for stabilizing blood sugar while insoluble fiber helps food move through the digestive system. Peach juice has 1.3 grams of fiber, making this drink a great source of soluble and insoluble fiber.9,4
Furthermore, peach flower extracts have been used in many drinks and are proven to help food move through the digestive system. Studies show that peach flower extracts can improve the strength and frequency of the body’s gut contractions.10
The vitamin A found in peach juice can help boost your overall immunity because it can increase the number of white blood cells that the body has. Vitamin A can also regulate the body’s endothelial cells, which are the cells lining the heart and blood vessels that control blood clotting and immunity.11
The vitamin C in peach juice also plays a role in the body’s immunity because it is a proven antioxidant that can boost the immune system. Vitamin C can reduce the body’s free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can cause illness and diseases. Vitamin C also plays a role in white blood cell creation and helps them to work more efficiently to fight disease.12
Drink Peach Juice Today
Now that you know some of the best health benefits of peach juice, you can start incorporating this sweet drink into your everyday diet. If you’re able to, make your own peach juice to avoid extra sugars and preservatives manufacturers add that can negate many of the health benefits. Another option is to support local growers by buying peach juice at a farmers market to help support your local agriculture.
Here at Saber Healthcare, our dietary teams work each day to help our residents meet their nutritional goals. Our dietary teams enjoy creating meals that not only taste great but help our residents get the daily recommended vitamins and minerals. Learn more about the care and services that Saber Healthcare provides today.
Saber Healthcare is an organization dedicated to providing consultant services to long-term care providers. This article is for informational purposes and is not meant to be seen as professional advice. Please consult with a medical expert before relying on the information provided.
- Mikstas, Christina. “The Health Benefits of Peaches.” WebMD, Nourish. 25 June 2020. Accessed 3 August 2022. Link: https://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-peaches-health-benefits#:~:text=Peaches%20Promote%20Healing&text=Just%20one%20medium%20peach%20has,they%20can%20damage%20your%20cells.
- “5 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Vitamin C.” Saber Healthcare Group. 4 September 2020. Accessed 3 August 2022. Link: https://www.saberhealth.com/news/blog/5-vitamin-c-benefits
- Zelman, Kathleen. Ratini, Melinda, ed. “The Benefits of Vitamin C.” WebMD, Nourish. 12 September 2020. Accessed 3 August 2022. Link: https://www.saberhealth.com/news/blog/5-vitamin-c-benefits
- Staughton, John. “10 Amazing Benefits Of Peach Juice.” Organic Facts. 22 July 2020. Accessed 3 August 2022. Link: https://www.organicfacts.net/peach-juice.html
- “5 Health Benefits of Peaches.” Saber Healthcare Group. 12 April 2022. Accessed 3 August 2022. Link: https://www.saberhealth.com/news/blog/health-benefits-of-peaches
- “Peach Juice with Sugar.” Fatsecret. Accessed 3 August 2022. Link: https://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/generic/peach-juice-with-sugar?portionid=54281&portionamount=100.000&frc=True#:~:text=There%20are%2054%20calories%20in%20100%20grams%20of%20Peach%20Juice%20with%20Sugar.
- Mexiner, Makayla. “The 9 Most Important Vitamins for Eye Health.” Red Ventures, Healthline Media. 25 July 2018. Accessed 3 August 2022. Link: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/eye-vitamins
- Sorenson, Eric. “Research: Peach extract slows breast cancer growth, spread.” Washington State University, WSU INSIDER. 26 March 2014. Accessed 3 August 2022. Link: https://news.wsu.edu/press-release/2014/03/26/research-peach-extract-slows-breast-cancer-growth-spread/#:~:text=%E2%80%93%20A%20Washington%20State%20University%20food,and%20their%20ability%20to%20spread.
- “All the Health Benefits of Eating Peaches.” Cleveland Clinic, Health Essentials. 26 August 2021. Accessed 3 August 2022. Link: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/benefits-of-peaches/
- Han, Wei et al. “Prokinetic activity of Prunus persica (L.) Batsch flowers extract and its possible mechanism of action in rats.” BioMed research international vol. 2015 (2015): 569853. doi:10.1155/2015/569853. Link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25821812/
- “Vitamin A.” The Nutrition Source. Harvard, School of Public Health. Accessed 3 August 2022. Link: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/vitamin-a/
- Raman, Ryan. Arnarson, Atli. “7 Impressive Ways Vitamin C Benefits Your Body.” Red Ventures, Healthline Media. 18 February 2020. Accessed 3 August 2022. Link: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-c-benefits