Modern science has proven the validity of the age old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.
Apples are amongst the healthiest and most accessible fruit on earth. Today, apples are readily available in most regions of the world and consumers can choose from over 7,000 different varieties. Due to their vast cultivation, different varieties of apples contain slightly different health benefits. For example, red apples such as the Red Delicious varieties, are packed full of antioxidants, collagen and elastin, which help maintain the youthful appearance of skin whereas green apples, such as the Granny Smith varieties, can help you lose weight without derailing your low-carb diet.
Regardless of which types of this fruit you enjoy most, you’d be happy to know that all varieties of it contain a substantial number of health benefits. Of course, it’s worth mentioning that consuming apples, along with their skins, is the best way to reap their full health benefits.
An Apple A Day Will Help Keep You Slim
Apple peels, are a substantial source of complex fiber which can help you feel full longer without consuming a great deal of calories. For instance, a medium sized apple, on average, contains about 70 calories and 4 grams of fiber. The average adult burns more than 70 calories chewing and digesting a medium sized apple than the fruit contains. This makes apples, especially the tart varieties, the perfect weight loss snacks, even if you’re on a low carb diet.
An Apple A Day Can Help Lower Your Cholesterol
The high levels of the soluble fiber known as Pectin found in all variates of apples is the reason why including apples in your diet can help you reduce your LDL or “bad cholesterol” levels. Pectin, which works by increasing the volume of stool and thus preventing constipation and diarrhea, can help lower bad cholesterol levels by blocking the absorption of this type of cholesterol from within the intestines. In fact, Pectin is so effective that until 2002 it was one of the main ingredients used in the anti-diarrhea medicine Kaopectate.
An Apple A Day Can Help Prevent Diabetes
The color of apples, especially red apples, is one of the reasons why including this fruit in your diet can help prevent the onset of type II diabetes. A class of antioxidants, known as Anthocyanins, which are responsible for giving certain fruit, such as apples, their red color are the reason why including apples in your daily diet can help you fight the onset of type II diabetes.
An Apple A Day Will Keep The Inhaler Away
Feeding children at least an apple a day can help prevent the onset of a variety of childhood respiratory illnesses including childhood asthma. This is mainly due to the fact that apple peels contain a unique antioxidant known as Quercetin which has been shown to help improve overall lung function by helping to fight inflammation and prevent allergies.
An Apple A Day Will Keep The Sniffles Away
Apples are a great source of Vitamin C, the immune boosting vitamin which is highly effective at helping our bodies fight the common cold.
An Apple A Day Will Keep The Cancer Cells At Bay
The high antioxidant content of this fruit is the reason why numerous studies have linked apple consumption to a reduced risk of a variety of cancers. For example, apple peels contain a compound known as ursolic acid, which has recently been shown to help fight cancer cells in humans. Likewise, Triterpenoids, a set of antioxidants found in apples are currently being studied as potential new anticancer drugs.
An Apple A Day Will Help Prevent and/or Slow The Onset of Alzheimer’s
Consuming a diet high in fruit has been shown to boost acetylcholine levels which help the brain maintain healthy communication between nerve cells. This can help boost your memory as well as prevent and/or slow down the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
An Apple A Day Can Help Prevent Wrinkles & Hair Loss
Both the green and red varieties of this fruit offer a host of skin and hair health benefits. One of the least known facts about apples is that they contain large amounts of collagen. This, coupled with their high antioxidant properties, helps prevent wrinkles and premature aging by helping prevent cell and tissue damage. Furthermore, apples contain a chemical known as Procyanidin B-2 which has recently been shown to help promote hair growth in both men and women.
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