7 Reasons Why Apples Really DO Keep The Doctor Away
Written by: Brandi Monasco
There is a reason why you have always heard the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
That is because apples have amazing health benefits that you may not have thought about. Apples are considered as one of the world’s healthiest foods and here are some reasons why:
1. Apples Are Loaded With Antioxidants. Apples contain disease-fighting components called phenolics. Phenolics are a type of phytochemical that acts as a very powerful antioxidant. They neutralize the free radicals that come into contact with your body before they have a chance to harm your DNA and your cells.
2. Apples Can Improve Your Lungs. An Australian study that involved 1,600 adults found that eating apples can help lower your risk of asthma (2009). They also found that there are fewer cases of asthma in individuals who had a high level of quercetin in their diets. Another study found that men who ate an apple a day had improved lung function.
3. Apples Boost Your Immune System. The quercetin that improves your lungs also boosts your immune system. Apples also contain soluble fiber that increases your immune system. Soluble fiber basically changes the property of immune cells and allows your healing cells to help you recover faster from an illness or infection.
4. Apples Maintain Your Digestive Health. The skin of an apple contains insoluble fiber, which is beneficial for helping food pass through your stomach and intestines more quickly and helps in preventing constipation. Having a healthy and smooth operating digestive system helps prevent diverticulosis and colon cancer.
5. Apples Improve Your Neurological Health. A study found that quercetin helped reduce cellular death that was caused by oxidative stress and helps reduce inflammation of neurons. Drinking apple juice can increase the production of a neurotransmitter that can help improve your memory. They also play an important role in lowering your risk for neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
6. Apples Lower Cholesterol. The soluble fiber found in apples aid in lowering high levels of LDL, the “bad” cholesterol. The soluble fiber blocks the absorption of cholesterol, allowing your body to use it instead of store it.
7. Apples Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease. Because of the soluble fiber absorbing and lowering your cholesterol levels, your chances of having an artery blocked reduce. Apples are also high in antioxidants which also help fight bad cholesterol. The soluble fiber and antioxidants working together help keep your heart healthy.
There are many ways that you can incorporate more apples into your daily diet.
1. Add them to your salads.
2. Have a protein filled snack with apples and peanut butter.
3. Use a food dehydrator to make natural apple chips.
4. Roast them with your other veggies
5. Add them to your oatmeal at breakfast
Do you have a favorite way for eating apples? Please share your ideas with us in the comments below!
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Source: The Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies. (2009). New York, NY: Rodale.
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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