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!
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