The Greeks who called them “golden eggs of the sun.” Apricots are a good source of vitaminC, known to ward off vision problems, promote healthy skin and mucus membranes, protect against lung and mouth cancers, and provide even more free radical-scavenging activity in your body. Flavonoids available in apricots have such a high degree of benefits that they can actually help slow and even prevent age-related debilities and disease. Zeaxanthin, a carotenoid in apricots which absorbs into the retina, provides protective UV-filtering functions that may ultimately protect you against macular degeneration. Potassium is a mineral that every cell, tissue and organ in the body needs to function properly. This mineral, abundant in apricots, is an electrolyte, which means it helps control electricity in the body. It also is necessary for heart function and muscle contraction. Potassium is thought to play a role in bone formation, lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of stroke.