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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2009-01-05

Why You Just Might Want An Apple A Day-Rev Up Your Health

You know the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” well it is more true than you may think. I love apples so I decided to dedicate this post to the delicious apple (not enough to name my daughters after it like Gwyneth Paltrow but still I really like them). Just look what an apple can do for you…..

Benefits Of Apples

Stave off Alzheimer’s disease- Apples contain quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that protects brain cells from degeneration in rats- and may do the same in humans. Be sure to eat the skin since it’s rich in disease-fighting compounds according to Chang Lee a researcher at the University of Cornell.

Prevents High Blood Pressure- It has been shown that adults who eat apples are 37 percent less likely to have hypertension, according to a recent food database analysis.

Protects against colon cancer- According to new research out of Germany, when the natural fiber in apples ferments in the colon, it produces chemicals that help fight the formation of cancer cells. Phytonutrients in the skin of apples inhibited the growth of colon cancer cells by 43%!

May Inhibit Ageing-Apples can prevent wrinkles and promote hair growth due to the compound procyanidin B-2 found in apple. (Granny smith and Red Delicious apple varieties are particularly good for this as they fortify collagen and elastin).

Can Improve Lung Function /Reduce Risk of Respiratory Diseases-Antioxidants in apples can counter the oxygen’s damaging effects on the body as well as the flavonoids such as catechins are beneficial .

May Help Prevent Alzheimers- New research suggests that the phytonutrient quercin may help in preventing Alzheimers and Parkinsonism.

A couple things to keep in mind with apples is that the Red Delicious apple is probably the healthiest as it contains more antioxidants than the seven other apple varieties.

If you can afford to go organic then it is your safest choice so that you do not get all the pesticides and preservatives.

How you eat an apple is also important-especially when eating them with the skin on. Each bite of apple needs to be chewed until it is practically mush so that the digestive enzymes can do their work of extracting the nutritional components. Biting off large chunks of apples and swallowing them practically whole will put too much stress on your stomach as it tries to break the large pieces down.

So with all these benefits why don’t you go out and enjoy an apple! I know I am!

37 comments:

Interesting information Heidi...apples have always been a favorite of mine, all the more reason for them to be!

Cheers
jacqueline said...
I'm learning to love apples again. I grew up with many apple trees surrounding our home and I've definitely had my share of them but now, I'm finding myself buying more and more. Thanks for sharing all of these wonderful benefits! :-)
Dori said...
Thanks for the info on apples Heidi. I never knew they were so beneficial. I love them too :-)
Wow. I didn't know apples were that good for me. I've eaten an apple every day for as long as I can remember but my main reason for doing this was I like the taste of them and I found that they were a quick convenient way to top up my daily fibre. Maybe I need to step it up to 2 apples a day :-)
John said...
Heidi,
I've started adding apple chunks to my daily oatmeal. (cooked with the oatmeal) The natural sugars provide enough sweetness that you don't need anything else as a sweetener. Sprinkle on some fresh ground cinnamon (an earlier post of yours mentioned how good cinnamon is) and you have a flavorful, healthy breakfast!

As always, thanks for the great info!
Sicilian said...
My latest craze is 2 carrots 2 celery and 1 apple juiced in the mornings. The apple adds such a wonderful flavor to this little mix.
I love a fresh juiced apple. Can't get it out of any bottle or can.
Ciao
ssgreylord said...
always love it when you write a post about something i already love! interesting to hear about the red delicious variety and about how you eat them making a difference...
Kloggers/Polly said...
Hi Heidi - another interesting fact about apples that has recently come to light - is that if you breath in the smell of a green apple it cures a headache. Apparently it has to be something like a Granny Smith (a really green apple) to work ... but is a useful piece of first aid information.
Angie Atkinson said...
Oh my goodness, I had no idea there were so many benefits to apples. My kids love them, and I think I may have to renew my relationship with them too lol. Adding them to my shopping list, thank you for the info!! :))
ktales said...
I still have to say Granny Smith's are my favorites.
I didn't know about the antioxidants though.

kt - contest prep
gLoR!e said...
i love apple but i am not aware the benefits of the apple, now i know!:)
betchai said...
i love apples, and thank you so much for the tip on munching the apples really well to get the full benefit. sometimes, i love them so much that after a bite, i will get another bite :(
jack said...
Yeah, a banana a day keeps your doctor away too. Truly all fruits are beneficial to man's health.
Matt said...
Well, they must be great since they are featured in the very fond expression, "You are the apple of my eye". :-)
This is really great news!! My son loooooooooves applies. He is such a healthy little guy!
attygnorris said...
Well, I eat apples often, so maybe I'm not a complete loser in the health category right now.

Davida
BeadedTail said...
I like apples and try to have them frequently. Sometimes I cut them in small chunks and mix it with a little peanut butter and walnuts - probably not as healthy but mmmm so good!
Jeannine said...
I have just discovered apples again after not eating them for a long time...Now I am glad I did. Happy New Years Heidi.
Duni said...
My mom and I both love apples. In fact, we're known as the apple-eating champions in our family!
My poor hubby can't enjoy them anymore, since he was diagnosed with fructose malabsorption.

take care

Duni
iwalk said...
Indeed! We have the same saying: An apple a day, You will never need A doctor. :)
Maybe I will start eating more apples. My husband eats them all the time. That's the first I've heard that it may help to prevent Alzheimer's--right there is good reason enough to gobble up those apples. If it's all right with you, I'll share this tidbit of information in my "Things I Learned This Week" post on Friday with a link to your post at www.zemeks.blogspot.com.
tashabud said...
Thanks Heidi for these info. I used to eat lots of apples, but for some reason, they made my blood sugar to dip down too fast, so i stopped. But with these kinds of benifits, I'll give apples another try. I hope I can find some organic ones here.

Cheers!
Tasha
I always love reading about apples and how good they are for you! Have told my daughter that, but she says she just can't get to love apples much so far??!! I eat one ALMOST every day! Take to work and always take with my on the golf course - a perfect energy pick-me-up!
Tammy said...
This is one fruit that I can usually get the kids to eat....that and bananas.
Swubird said...
Health Nut:

Excellent advice. The funny things is that my Queen loves apples. But whenever I buy them they sit in the frig for a long time.

happy trails.
Steve Borgman said...
I'm so proud of myself! I just ate an apple today! In fact, it was within the last hour! Also, you may want to know that I am sticking to my New Year's resolution, drinking blueberry green tea from Trader Joe's :)
Cascia said...
Very interesting information. Apples are good for you. I make sure my family eats apples all the time. And there are so many different varieties to chose from they never get old. Thank you for sharing!
Caroline said...
Oh my gosh...I am doing something right!!! I just picked up a 3 lb. bag of pink ladys at the farmers market today...they are awesome!
Mike Foster said...
Good stuff, I eat an apple just about every day...

peace,
mike
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aries33 said...
eating apple and other kinds of fruits is very healthy because most of them contains anti-oxidant that can remove toxins and lessen our susceptibility to diseases.
siteseer said...
I've been a firm believer of this for years. I have found though, that I can't eat the peel of most apples. Don't know why, but it hurts all the way through. ??
Sogeshirtsguy said...
Apples are nutritious and delicious. Just started on a nutritious diet heidi and am taking a lot of your blog posts to heart. Thanks so much.
foongpc said...
Luckily, I do eat one apple a day, sometimes two. Oh, I didn't know there's a correct way to eat apples! OK, will chew my apples properly before swallowing from now on! : )
SpinDiva said...
I had read this a while back, thanks for the reminder. In our family we really should own an apple and a banana tree because we all (six of us) eat at least one of each every day. Needless to say, going to the market for fruit makes people wonder if we're having a party. Such an easy fruit to eat too. Thanks for sharing such important tips with us.
I eat an apple for snack everyday, seems to keep the doctor away!
Bridget said...
Wow, I had no idea about the digestion of an apple. Thanks for the information, I love apples but sometimes my body doesn't...and it just maybe the way I am eating it.

Good stuff as usual Heidi. =)

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