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Is Eating Peaches Good for Your Skin?

By Nicki Wolf

Whether you eat fresh peaches in the summer or frozen peaches in the winter, eating peaches contributes to the health of your skin. The vitamins, minerals and macronutrients in peaches benefit your skin in various ways, boosting the look and feel as well as protecting it from diseases.


Peaches are not a significant source of protein, but they do provide a small amount -- 1.4 grams per a 1 cup serving of peaches. The protein in this fruit contributes toward tissue repair, so when you have a cut in your skin or a more severe laceration, peaches can help heal your skin quickly and improve the look of it. You need 50 to 175 grams of protein each day.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C boosts the production of collagen, a compound that gives your skin elasticity, and you get this vitamin in peaches. A 1-cup serving of peaches gives you 10.2 milligrams of this vitamin; include 75 to 90 milligrams of vitamin C in your diet daily. In addition to the influence the vitamin C in peaches has on collagen, it also works with protein to improve your immune system, helping to ward off skin infections.


The National Institutes of Health's Office of Dietary Supplements website reveals that people who get less selenium may have an increased risk of some forms of skin cancer. Eating peaches helps you increase your selenium intake -- 1 cup of peaches contains 0.2 milligrams of selenium; your meal plan should include 55 micrograms of this mineral each day. Serve peaches with cottage cheese, a food high in selenium, to boost your daily intake.

Vitamin A

The vitamin A in peaches may also contribute to cancer prevention. A study published in the March 2004 issue of "Clinical Cancer Research" indicates that high doses of vitamin A reduced the risk of some skin cancers by 32 percent. While the amount of vitamin A in a 1-cup serving of peaches -- 502 International Units -- does not approach the 50,000 to 75,000 International Units of vitamin A called for in the study, it does enrich your vitamin A intake.

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