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Immortality and Friendship

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1st Cultivated in China, Peaches symbolize Immortality and Friendship. The tree is also considered to be the tree of Life. Next time someone says “You’re a real peach!” know where this age-old compliment originates from. Pertaining to health, a peach is a low calorie snack with approx. 35-50 Calories. The Vitamins A and C in peaches help regenerate skin tissue, is a natural moisturizer and reduce hair loss by having a positive effect on the scalp. Peaches are naturally rich in phytochemicals called phenols that act as antioxidants. During a study that was performed at the American Chemical Society, Dr. L Cisneros-Zevallos said, “Our work indicates that phenolic compounds present in these fruits have anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties in different cell lines and may also reduce the oxidation of bad LDL cholesterol which is associated with cardiovascular disease.” In Hungry it is called the ‘Fruit of Calmness’ as it acts as a natural stress reliever. Peach flowers are boiled and honey added -used as a sedative in calming people suffering from restlessness and anxiety. Peaches are recommended to sufferers of gout, rheumatism and high blood pressure for its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which tend to have a diuretic and a light laxative effect. It has also shown to inhibit tumor growth activity. Chronic bronchitis, coughs and gastritis are relieved with the medicinal tea of the leaves and bark of peach trees. On a more artistic note – Renoir encouraged students to improve their painting skills by reproducing the textures and colors of peaches.

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