Apples are one of the most popular and delicious fruits on the planet, and there is nothing like biting into a bright, red, juicy apple to quench your thirst and satisfy your sweet tooth. The apple is enjoying worldwide dominance over the other fruits, thanks to its incredible health benefits.
When it comes to health benefits of apple, the first thing that strikes my mind is that wise saying, the one almost all of us must have been through since adolescence “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. And yes, now when I have grown up and understand all the difference between reality and fake, I still believe this saying. And why won’t I, and if you are still in doubt with this then let me tell you what all magical nutrients an apple holds.
A single apple holds the wealth of vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and organic compounds. These important nutritional elements include vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, and riboflavin, as well as minerals like potassium, copper, manganese, and magnesium. Apples are also very good sources of dietary fiber, and a single serving provides 12% of the daily fiber requirement. The real value of apples lies in its organic compounds. It is packed with phytonutrients and flavonoids like quercetin, epicatechin, phloridzin, and various other polyphenolic compounds.
Because of the presence of large amount of nutrients there is nothing in our body that remains untouched by its benefits. Starting from our head to toe, every part has its chunk of benefits:
- Heart Disease:
Apples lower the level of cholesterol in the body, making it a strong defensive mechanism against cardiovascular disease. The antioxidant activity in apples reduces the oxidation of fats, and includes neutralizing various fats found between blood vessels that can exert dangerous pressure. Also, apples contain a very powerful flavonoid called quercetin, found in the skin of apples, and can reduce inflammation in our blood vessels by reducing the amount of C – reactive protein (CRP). This protein has been linked to inflammation of the cardiovascular system, so a reduction of it through quercetin makes apples very strong heart boosters!
The phytonutrients in apples help regulate blood sugar. These compounds help prevent spikes in blood sugar in a variety of ways: by inhibiting enzymes involved in the breakdown of carbohydrates into simple sugars; by stimulating pancreatic cells to produce insulin; by decreasing the absorption of sugars into the bloodstream.
- Prevents Asthma:
One of the unique advantages of apple is that it contains flavonoids. This imperative nutrient is well-known to prevent asthma attacks. In addition, flavonoids play a significant role in making your lungs strong and effectual. It has been proven by latest research that the individuals who consume apple on a regular basis have better lung function than the others.
4. Cleanses Liver:
We’re constantly consuming toxins, whether it is from drinks or food, and your liver is responsible for clearing these toxins out of your body. And apple is very good cleanser of liver. The alkalinity in the apples assists in cleansing the destructive toxins/waste by-products from the liver. In addition it is also found that apple also helps in maintaining the pH levels of the body. Pectin, present in the apple’s skin, promotes the cleansing action of liver.
Apples are known to remove weakness and add vigor and vitality to weak people. It is, therefore, often given to patients to help them recover quickly from their illnesses. If you want to gain weight, apples should be a part of your daily diet. It also helps in detoxifying the body and improving the overall health of the body. The combination of the antioxidant compounds and the protein found in apples can have a major role in preventing weakness and improving muscle tone.
Apples, being rich in fibre, help in the digestive process. Regular consumption of apples ensures smooth bowel movements and helps in preventing constipation and various stomach disorders. It adds bulk to the stool and helps food pass through the digestive tract smoothly. Furthermore, it stimulates peristaltic motion so the muscles contract appropriately and move food along. Finally, it stimulates the release of gastric and digestive juices to ensure efficient uptake of nutrients.
Constipation is a severe health issue that occurs when the large intestine absorbs too much of water. Apples contain sorbitol that offers a solution for this problem. When this substance reaches the large intestine, it draws water into the colon. This way, it makes the stool softer and easy to pass.
Apples are useful in treating anemia since apples are a rich source of iron. Anemia is a deficiency of hemoglobin in the blood, which can be fixed by increasing your intake of iron, which is an integral part in the metabolism of red blood cells. By increasing the amount of red blood cells in the body, you not only prevent anemia, but also ensure proper oxygenation of essential organ systems to keep them functioning properly.
9. Healthy Teeth:
Eating apples helps in cleaning both the teeth and gums. Furthermore, it reduces the incidence of cavities in the teeth. An apple won’t replace your toothbrush, but biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria. Moreover, when you eat apple, the fiber in it cleanses the teeth, while the anti-bacterial properties of the fruit keep bacteria and viruses from infecting the body.
10. Skin Care:
Pastes made of apple and honey, and apple and milk increase the shine and glow of the skin when topically applied. This is again due to the powerful antioxidants contained in the skin and flesh of apples. These compounds counteract the damaging effects of free radicals that are directly linked to premature aging, as well as wrinkles, age spots, and other age-related conditions.
This is not it; the benefits of eating apple are endless. Many researches are going on that proves apple is also found to be antidote for cancer. It also builds immunity, vanishes the deficiency of any nutrient in body, and strengthens bones and muscles and so on. So, I’ll personally encourage you to include one apple in your diet and see yourself getting healthier. Keep eating and keep commenting J
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