An Apple A Day Keep Doctors Away
“An apple a day keep the doctor away” is an old welsh proverb that most of us are familiar with, but what make this fruit so special? What health benefits are associated with eating apples?
Apple: An Nutritional Powerhouse
Apple deserves to be called a “nutritional powerhouse”. It contains a wealth of nutrition:
Vitamin C: Powerful natural anti oxidant
B Complex Vitamins: Riboflavin, thiamine and vitamin B6 are considered vital in maintaining red blood cells and keeping the nervous system in good health.
Dietary Fibre: The British National Health Service says that a diet high in fibre can help prevent the development of certain diseases and may help prevent the amount of bad cholesterol in your blood from rising.
Phytonutrients: Apples are rich in polyphenolic compounds. These phytonutrients help protect the body from the detrimental effects of free radicals.
Health Benefits of Apple
Improves Neurological Health: Apple contains an antioxidant called “quercetin” which reduces cellular death caused by oxidation and inflammation of neurons.
Prevents Dementia: Apples may help “protect neuron cells against oxidative stress-induced neurotoxicity”, which could reduce the risk of developing neuro-degenerative disorders, such as, Alzheimer’s disease.
Reduces Your Risk of Stroke: In a study done on men and women showed that those who ate the most apples over a 28-yearperiod had the lowest risk for stroke. “The results suggest that the intake of apples is related to a decreased risk of thrombotic stroke.”
Lowers Level of Bad Cholesterol:Apples really are a “miracle fruit”. They found that older women who ate apples everyday had 23% less bad cholesterol (LDL) and 4% more good cholesterol (HDL) after just six months.
Reduces Risk of Diabetes: Apples could also help lower your risk of diabetes. A study found that people who ate three servings per week of apples, grapes, raisins, blueberries or pears had a 7% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those who did not.
In metabolic balance we use the old proverb : “An apple a day keep doctors away (Benjamin Franklin)”. No other fruit can compare to the vitamin and mineral in the cholesterol and uric acid lowering apple! In addition, apples provide the body with valuable fibre, since they are high in pectin and cellulose content. Apples are important for a speedier excretion of harmful metabolic waste products. Finally, fruits are simply a pleasure to eat!
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