The humble apple is a super fruit available all year round and there are many ways to enjoy them, fresh from a tree, in a smoothie or a box full of irresistibly delicious gourmet caramel apples. It may seem like a cliché but an apple a day does keep the doctor away, protecting the body from a variety of diseases. Here are some amazing health benefits of apples you may have never heard of:
Apples pack a nutritional punch. An apple has about 4 grams of soluble fiber, making it a filling snack or breakfast without the high calories. An apple can satisfy hunger just as much as a burger or a bag of chips without the calories and the cholesterol, helping control weight gain and even promote weight loss. A medium sized apple is equivalent to a cup of fruit so eating an apple already gives you half of your recommended daily fruit intake.
Apples are a great source of vitamin C. Apples contain about 14% of your daily recommended Vitamin C, it boosts and fortifies the immune system especially when you are under a lot of stress.
Apples prevent colon cancer. The fiber found in apples help prevent constipation and hemorrhoids by pulling water from your colon to help things move along. Alternatively it also absorbs the excess water to slow your bowels when you have diarrhea. Additionally the high soluble fiber from apples ferment in the colon and produces chemicals that fight colon cancer cells. It also contains procyanidins, an antioxidant that can literally kill cancer cells. Additionally, triterpenoids found in apples are also effective at preventing cancer cell growth in the liver and the breast.
Apples detoxify the liver. The liver is responsible for clearing the body’s toxins and there are many fad diets that claim to detoxify the liver. The safest and best way to do it is by eating fiber-rich fruits like apples.
Apples promote heart health. Overtime, cholesterol-rich plaque can build up in your arteries, this can lead to reduced blood flow to the heart and a variety of heart diseases. The soluble fiber in the fruit and the phenolic compound found in apple skins prevent such build up from happening. This super fruit is also rich in pectin hat reduces cholesterol, reducing the risk of high blood pressure, atherosclerosis and heart disease.
Apples fight Alzheimer’s. Apples, especially the Red Delicious variety is very rich in flavonoids that are very high in neuro-protective qualities. Apples contain quercetin, a powerful antioxidant protects the brain and prevents degeneration. A study performed on mice revealed that those fed an apple-rich diet showed higher levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, giving them the ability to perform better in maze tests. Researchers believe that these same benefits can also be enjoyed by people.
Apples protects against Parkinson’s. Studies reveal that eating high-fiber, flavonoid-rich food, such as an apple a day, can help protect from Parkinson’s disease, especially in men. A study performed on 130,000 men and women over a 20-year period revealed that men who ate the most flavonoids were 40% less likely to develop Parkinson’s than those who ate the least.
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