Stone fruits, also called drupes, are fruits with a large “stone” inside. The stone is sometimes called the seed, but that is a mistake, as the seed is inside the stone. The stones can also be called a pit. Examples of stone fruits are peaches, nectarines, plums, lychees, mangoes, and cherries. —Wikipedia
I am in love with the summer! We have arrived at the season of the stone fruits. Peaches, plums, cherries, apricots, and nectarines galore! Thank you, Nature! These stone fruits, part of the Rose botanical family, are not only delicious but healing powerhouses.
Here are 10 Health Benefits of Stone Fruits:
Immunity plays a role in our protective defenses as well as supporting the body’s self-healing abilities. It is up to our immune system to sense, interpret, and communicate physiological processes that manage any unwanted stresses and maintain a genetic expression of health. Through anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, stone fruits boost immunity while supporting the body’s renewal processes.
INHIBITS CANCER CELL GROWTH:
When immunity is compromised, controlling stresses and managing inflammatory pathways becomes challenging. Stone fruits contain bioactive polyphenol and carotenoid compounds that play a role in inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and inducing the death of already formed cancer cells. Each stone fruit brings a different array of these cancer-fighting compounds, so make sure to add a variety to your diet!
SUPPORTS DIGESTIVE HEALTH:
Through fiber content and a moistening effect of being 75 percent water, stone fruits assist in improving transit time through the digestive tract, lessening the onset of constipation, hemorrhoids, and diverticulitis, while helping to regulate blood sugar levels. Fiber also feeds your friendly bacteria. The happier your microbes, the happier you will be!
AIDS IN BONE HEALTH:
It takes an array of nutrients and hormone secretions to strengthen and support the collagen matrix of our bones. The bone matrix is continually renewing as every cell in the body does. Through the combination of phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, copper, vitamin C, and flavonoids, stone fruits support this repair and renewal process.
BENEFITS NERVE AND MUSCLE FUNCTION:
Through their rich potassium content, stone fruits assist in the transmission of nerve signals, regulate muscle contractions, and even impact your heartbeat! Higher potassium in the diet is linked to blood pressure reduction and a decreased onset of cardiovascular disease.
HELPS COMBAT INSOMNIA:
Without sleep, we cannot repair, renew, and be our best. Stone fruits contain nutrients such as magnesium, tryptophan, chlorogenic acid, and melatonin which play roles in calming the nervous system and allowing us to get a good night’s sleep. If you are high strung, living in a stressful time, or struggling with anxiety, reach for the stone fruits. They are often referred to as nervous system balancers!
PROMOTES SKIN HEALING:
Our skin renews itself every month. Why not support this process as well as protect against sun and air pollutants? Stone fruits contain bioactive compounds that speed up skin recovery, improve skin texture, and keep those wrinkles at bay.
SUPPORTS HEALTHY EYESIGHT:
Stone fruits are a rich source of carotenoids, especially lutein and zeaxanthin, protecting against age-related macular degeneration. It is incredible the powerhouse of protective nutrients found in these absolutely delicious fruits!
REGULATES BODY TEMPERATURE:
Foods go past their physical nutrients to underlying energetic characteristics. Stone fruits have what is called a cooling thermal nature. They help to lower the body’s thermostat by pulling energy in and down. It is not a coincidence that stone fruits are most available during the warmer months.
PROVIDES A GROUNDING EFFECT:
An additional energetic quality of stone fruits is their energetic resonance with the root chakra. Consuming stone fruits will not only feed physical immunity needs, they will draw energy to the root, giving a centering effect.
Whether you enjoy the peach, plum, or apricot, know each one of these stone fruits comes with its own array of benefits.
The key to using food to support your health is diversity. Solely adding cherries or nectarines to your diet will not elicit the effects I share above. It takes a consistent, diversified diet to support long-term well-being. The best place to start is to follow what nature provides, and then continue to add new to your diet.