Health Benefits of Apples
They say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” The original adage goes, “Eat an apple on going to bed and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” Although all fruits are good for you, what is it that makes an apple so beneficial? Here are just a few of their wonderful benefits.*
Studies indicate that eating apples regularly helps reduce your total cholesterol, especially the bad LDL cholesterol. Apples contain pectin, a soluble fiber which lowers cholesterol from building up in the lining of the blood vessels.
Apples can decrease your risk of heart disease by slowing the oxidation of cell membrane fats, which is a main factor in clogged arteries.
Apples help stabilize your blood sugar, by slowing the digestion of food, which then converts to glucose and enters the bloodstream. The polyphenols contained in apples can reduce your blood sugar from spiking.
Several studies have shown apples help reduce the risk of certain cancers, such as lung cancer and colon cancer. The antioxidant properties in apples protects the lungs from toxins and improves lung function. They also have an anti-carcinogenic effect in the colon, helping fight colon cancer.
Apples may help reduce Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The powerful antioxidant quercetin helps protect brain cells.
Eating a small apple before each meal can decrease your overall calorie intake. With only 50-80 calories, apples fill you up due to their water and fiber content.
Referred to as nature’s toothbrush, an apple can help reduce tooth decay. By stimulating the gums and increasing saliva, it reduces the bacteria in the mouth causing less tooth decay.
Studies show there is a strong link between apples and asthma. Apples contain anti-inflammatory benefits which may help calm the inflammation in the airways allowing one to breathe easier.¨
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
“Any fool can count the seeds in an apple. Only God can count all the apples in one seed.”