APPLES

The saying goes “An Apple a day keeps the doctor away” and in my experience it is true! I eat at least 1 apple a day and I never ever need to go to the doctor.

Apples are amazing! “The Queen of all foods” (Don Tolman) They protect and heal every body system, organ and function. Our cells love apples! Apples are crisp delicious white fleshed fruit that taste either sweet and sour depending whether they are red, yellow or green in colour.

Apples have a combination of certain nutrients that sets them apart from all other foods. Apples contain a long list of phyto nutrients that function as protector/inhibitors antioxidants that protect the health of your heart.

The amazing benefits of apples are never ending! Some benefits include:

-Improves lung capacity

Our poor lungs are attacked by pollution every day. Apples are very beneficial to the health of your lungs. There was a recent study shows that children with asthma who drank apple juice on a daily basis suffered from less wheezing

-Prevents diarrhea and constipation  

Apples help to keep you regular.

-Protects joints

In areas of the world where fruit is a large part of a persons diet they are unlikely to develop arthritis. Eating apples with peanut butter or raisins will make your joints happy!

-Bone Protection
French researchers found that a flavanoid called phloridzin that is found only in apples may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and may also increase bone density. Boron which is another ingredient in apples, also helps strengthens bones.

-Protects your heart

Experts attribute the heart-healthy benefits to antioxidant compounds found in apples, which help prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidizing and inhibit inflammation. Plus, the soluble fiber in apples has also been shown to lower cholesterol levels.

-Slows the ageing process

Apples are high in antioxidants that prevent premature ageing and the delirious effects of free radicals.

-Helps aid weigh loss

Many health problems are associated with being overweight. The pectin in Apples is particularly good in aiding weight loss.

-Is good for your teeth

Biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth which helps reduce tooth decay by lowering the bacteria level.

-Protect against Alzheimers

A new study has shown that drinking apple juice can help keep Alzheimer’s away, fighting the effects of ageing on the brain.

-Decrease the risk of diabetes
There was a study done on women who eat at least one apple a day. They were found to be 28 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who don’t eat apples. Apples are loaded with soluble fibre, the key to blunting blood sugar swings.
-Reduce cholesterol

The soluble fibre found in apples binds with fats in the intestine, which translates into lower cholesterol levels. Get off those deadly tablets and start eating more apples!!

-Prevent Gallstones 

Gallstones form when there’s too much cholesterol in your bile for it to stay as a liquid, so it solidifies. Apples are a great source of fibre that help control your weight and cholesterol levels.

-Detoxify your liver

Fruits are one of the best things you can eat to detoxify your liver. Apples are particularly good either fresh or juiced.

-Neutralize irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is characterized by constipation, diarrhoea, bloating and stomach pain. To control these symptoms doctors recommend staying away from dairy and fatty foods while including a high intake of fibre in your diet.

-Good for your skin

Eating apples can replenish moisture in your skin as the acids in the fruit can help smooth fine lines.

-Boost your immune system

Red apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin. Recent studies have found that quercetin can help boost your immune system when you’re stressed or fun down.

There are so many varieties of apples avaliable. Try to eat a range on colours for different benefits and tastes. Also try to buy organic where you can as the pesticides and wax sprayed on the apples is not beneficial for the body to consume.

References:

Farmacist Desk Reference Volume 2- (Don Tolman) 2006

http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/10-health-benefits-of-apples.html

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