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The nectarine may be small, but it is loaded with phenolics, which exhibit antioxidant properties, carotenoids and ascorbic acid. Its skin contains more of these nutrients rather than its flesh, so be sure not to peel this fruit unless necessary. Nectarine is also a potassium-rich fruit that may help maintain good muscle, heart and kidney health.23 This fruit may provide beneficial effects against the following health conditions as well:
Cholesterol — These fruits contain bioactive compounds that may help suppress the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol to help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease as well.
Constipation — Nectarine’s fiber content may help ease digestive issues like constipation and may help regulate your bowel function.
Macular degeneration — This fruit is known to contain beta carotene that may help boost your eye health and reduce your risk of eye conditions like macular degeneration,26 which damages the macula and leads to vision loss.