We often tend to underestimate the wondrous benefits Mother Nature has gifted us with. As goes a very old proverb “An Apple a day keeps Doctor away”. It holds its value till date. Most of us are already, familiar with the nutritional benefits associated with this fruit.
It is often the first fruit a Doctor advises when you are sick and weak. From sorting those hunger pangs to managing your energy level it is a good package of all.
Apple also has the credit of the most cultivated and consumed fruits of the world. It is often ranked in the top 10 healthy food. From being extremely rich in anti oxidants and dietary fiber to preventing some of the nasty diseases it does it all.
Apples being rich in calcium, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin k, magnesium, copper, vitamin A, E, B1, B2, B6, and fiber are a good source of nutrition.
Now discuss the health benefits we receive from apples one by one. Here is a list of all the important health benefits of apple:
- Whiter and Healthier Teeth
Now, this does not mean that you go on ditching your toothbrush and toothpaste to start your day with an apple. On the contrary, you do not have to put an extra effort at all. Just eat your apple, as usual, biting it and then chewing it this procedure help your mouth create extra saliva which helps lower the level of germ and bacteria build up in your mouth. Eating an apple daily can further help you check any tooth decay in your mouth.
Bottom line: apples are fairly acidic in nature, therefore, it should be kept in mind that eating large quantities of apple altogether can actually damage your teeth. That’s why they should be consumed adequately. You should always rinse your mouth after eating an apple.
- Reducing risk of Diabetes
Several studies have proved that eating apples can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes in people. The study concluded that it is good to consume 3 to 4 servings of apple in a week for people suffering from or are at the risk of type 2 diabetes.
It is assumed that the polyphenols present in apple help prevent damage to cells of pancreas thereby reducing the risk of diabetes.
- Apple during Pregnancy
Being rich in essential nutrients, antioxidants, flavonoid and dietary fiber which is absolutely essential during pregnancy.
The dietary fiber helps relieve constipation which is a major problem during pregnancy.
Another major problem encountered during pregnancy is heart burn only the women who suffer it can actually describe how bad it is. Guess what..! Apple can well relieve you from that nasty burn. It helps reduce heartburn which in turn keeps you happy and healthy.
Besides taking care of the mother apple ensures that the baby remains fit and healthy. It is absolutely recommended to eat an apple during pregnancy.
Bottom line: Excessive intake of apples during pregnancy can actually worsen the situation for the mother. The latter can suffer slow metabolism and weight issue which can turn the events against you. Therefore maintaining adequate intake is a must.
- Helps prevent Cancer
It is believed that due to their anti inflammatory and antioxidant substances apple helps prevent cancer. Various studies prove the point to be true.
The substance found in apples help prevent development o cancer cells, especially in breast, colon, and liver.
- Good for Heart
Apples are known to lower the risk of heart problems. The soluble fiber present in apples can help lower the cholesterol level.
This is because of the chemicals present in apples known as flavonoids and polyphenols. They lower blood pressure level and act as an anti oxidant.
Eating an apple also ensures the risk of stroke and various other problems related to the heart.
- Takes care of Bone Health
Due to its anti inflammatory and anti oxidant properties apples help promote bone density and bone strength. They fulfill the calcium requirement which otherwise goes unnoticed.
Especially for women, they tend to require more calcium after 50 years. There is always a risk of developing osteoporosis if their body is not getting enough calcium. Similarly, during pregnancy, the intake of calcium should be checked carefully.
Aged people also require a good calcium intake so that their bones remain healthy and flexible.
Apples should be regularly consumed in any form especially by women and aged people.
- Contributes in Weight Loss
Nowadays people are exclusively interested in weight loss regimes, with excessive exercise or diet control. The most important factor determining weight loss is your metabolism.
Apple mostly consists of two things water and fiber. This makes Apple a fulfilling and nutritional meal. The fiber present in apple is easily digested by the stomach which makes the digestion process quicker and easier.
Furthermore, research proves that the compound found in apple helps promote weight loss.
- Helps prevent Asthma
Since apples are rich in antioxidants they can help preventing harmful oxidants in your lungs thereby protecting them from damage. Studies have proved the fact that people who have apple daily are at lower risk of asthma than people who do not have an apple.
They also contain anti inflammatory properties which help improve the immune system of your body thereby providing a natural shield from any diseases.
- Sexual Health
Apple is an all rounder fruit which works for each and every part of body. For men apple acts as an aphrodisiac, means it can produce Viagra like effects if taken daily. It is also seen that men who eat apple on daily basis are less likely to suffer sexual problems like erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation, and also experience better sex drive. Not just it, apples contain a certain compound phloridzin which is similar to female sex hormone. This compound helps in sexual arousal in females and can also improve overall sex life of a woman.
I don’t guess you need any more reason to rethink before grabbing an apple every day. Nature has provided us with the remedy of everything, we just need to see and include those natural elements in our diet.
Bottom line: Apples are considered best for health in every age group. You can even feed apple sauce to your infants to develop a better immune system. However, it is best to eat the skin and the flesh both try not to discard the skin.
Eat Natural…!! Stay Healthy…!!
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