Health Benefits of Apples
Any way you slice it, an apple a day is definitely good for your health. Not only are apples low in calories, and high in fiber, but scientists and nutritionists are finding more and more ways that prove once again “An Apple a Day….”
- Reduce cholesterol: The pectin in apples lowers LDL cholesterol. By eating only 2 apples a day, you can reduce your cholesterol level by up to 10%.
- Reduces risk of cancer: The flavonoids quercetin present in apple prevents oxygen molecules from damaging individual cells. This can prevent cell changes that can lead to cancer; due to the high amount of flavonoids in apples, those who eat more apples can lower their chances of lung cancer by up to 50% according to a study of 10,000 people. Research also suggests that apples can protect you against both breast and colon cancer.
- Reduce the risk of heart disease: The phytonutrients in apples act as antioxidants to keep our heart healthy.
- Diabetes Management: The pectin in apples supplies galacturonic acid to the body which lowers the body’s need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes.
- Dental health: The natural acidic properties of apples help to keep the teeth clean your breath smelling better. When you eat apples, the fiber in it cleanses the teeth, while the antiviral properties of the fruit keep bacteria and virus away.
- Stronger Bones: Apples contain a flavonoid called phloridzin which protects post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and also increases bone density. Apples also contain Boron which strengthens bones.
- Aids in Digestion: Apples being rich in fiber help in digestion. The apple skin is considered roughage and is a great remedy for constipation.
- Aids in Weight Loss: Apples are a low caloric density food which means they have a high concentration of water relative to their calorie content. This allows you to have a greater sense of fullness while taking in fewer calories.
- Reduce Alzheimer’s risk: A new study on mic conducted at Cornell University found that drinking apple juice could keep Alzheimer’s away and fight the effects of aging on the brain.
- Lowers Asthma Risk: Research published in an American journal suggested that apples are positively associated with a reduced risk of asthma.