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Peach (Arabic Khūkh) ultimately comes from the word “Persia” as the Europeans thought it came from Persia. (Its origin is in China). The more than 2,000 varieties can be categorised into two types viz. – clingstone (flesh clings to the stone) and freestone (flesh easily separates from the stone). Clingstone has firm flesh and is not as juicy as freestone.  
 
Peaches have a high vitamin A content, offering B-carotenes that convert to retinol, essential for sharp eyesight. It also protects against lung and mouth cancers, and helps maintain healthy mucous membranes and elasticity in the skin due to its polyunsaturated fatty acid content. The darker the peach flesh, the more vitamin A it contains.
 
The high sugar and water content of peaches makes it a diuretic and laxative, cleaning the urinary tract and digestive systems. People with digestive problems should eat them regularly. They also cleanse the kidneys. As they are easily digestible, especially when cooked or pureed, they make an excellent food for the elderly, infirm, sick and people suffering from stomach ulcers, bowel inflammation and inflammation of the colon lining.  
 
Minerals are in abundance in peaches, such as potassium, an enzyme component used to digest foods. It also helps regulate the heart rate and lowers blood pressure. Potassium works with sodium to maintain the body's water balance.
 
The iron in peaches is required for red blood cell formation and to carry oxygen from the lungs throughout our bodies.  
 
Peaches assist people with appetite loss
 
Peaches help sooth fever related to hot conditions.  
 
Tea made of peach leaves helps cleanse the kidneys and expel intestinal worms.
 
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