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Health benefits of Nectarine
Juicy, delicious nectarines are low in calories (100 g just provide 44 calories) and contain no saturated fats. They are indeed packed with numerous health promoting antioxidants, plant nutrients, minerals, and vitamins.
The total measured antioxidant strength (ORAC value) of 100 g raw nectarine fruit is 750 TE (Trolox equivalents).
Fresh nectarines carry small amounts of vitamin-C. 100 g provides 5.4 mg or about 9% of daily recommended levels. Vitamin-C has antioxidant effects and required for the connective tissue formation within the human body. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin-C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents, and help scavenges harmful free radicals.
Nectarines have small but healthy concentrations of other anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin E and flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants lutein, zeaxanthin and ß-cryptoxanthin. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes. Further, vitamin-A is also required for maintaining healthy mucosa and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin-A is known to offer protection from lung and oral cavity cancers.
The fruit is a healthy source of some of B-complex vitamins and minerals. It is good in niacin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, and pyridoxine. Also, it contains an appropriate ratio of minerals and electrolytes such as potassium, iron, zinc, copper and phosphorus. Iron required for red blood cell formation. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure.
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