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Saturday, 22 August 2015

21 Health Benefits of Fresh Apples




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Apples are packed with disease-fighting vitamins, antioxidants and more, Making it one of the top-ranked fruits for your health, Eating apples has been linked to prevention of many chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease and dimentia.
Eating apples in their whole form, not juicing them, will give you the synergistic blend of nutrients and fibre the way nature intended it to be. Notably, much of the apples antioxidant power is contained in the peel, where you will find antioxidants like catechin, procyanidins, chlorogenic acid, ploridizin and more.
An apple is packed with about 50 – 80 calories with no cholesterol or sodium. Apples are particularly helpful in blood sugar regulation as apples contain compounds that may:
* Lessen absorption of glucose from your digestive tract
* Stimulate beta cells in your pancreas to secrete insulin
* Increase uptake of glucose from your blood, stimulating insulin receptors

HEALTH BENEFITS ASSOCIATED WITH APPLE CONSUMPTION

1. Bone Protection: researchers found that a flavonoid called phloridzin found only in apples may protect post menopausal women from osteoporosis and may also increase bone density. Boron another ingredient in apples also strengthen bones
2. Asthma: One study shows that children with asthma who drank apple juice on a daily basis suffered from less wheezing than children who drank apple juice only once per month


3. Alzheimer’s protection: A study on mice found that the quercetin in apples may protect brain cells from the kind of free radical damage that may lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
4. Lower Cholesterol: The pectin in apples lowers LDL – bad cholesterol. People who ate two apples per day may lower their cholesterol by as much as 16%
5. Lung Cancer Prevention: According to a study on human, those who ate the most apples had a 50% lower risk of developing lung cancers. Researchers believe this is due to the high levels of flavonoid quercetin and naringin in apples.
6. Breast Cancer Prevention: Another study found that rats who ate one apple per day reduced their risk of breask cancer by 17%
7. Diabetes Management: The pectin in apples supplies galachoronic acid to the body which lowers the body’s need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes.
8. Weight Control: Another study found that women who ate 3 apples or pears per day lost more weight while dieting than women who did not eat fruit while dieting.
9. Liver Cancer Prevention: Research found that rats fed on extract of apple skins had a 57% lower risk of liver cancer and this is believed to be possible due to its detoxification effect on the body and the liver.
10. Boost Immune System: Apples contain an anti-oxidant called quercetin. Studies found that quercetin can boost and fortify your immune system, especially when you are stressed out.
11. Avert Hemorrhoids: Hemorrhoids are swollen vein in the anal canal. They are caused by too much pressure in the pelvic and rectal areas. Soluble fibre in apples helps resolve this.
12. Neutralize Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Irritable bowel syndrome is characterized by constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating. This is due to the fact that apples are packed full with soluble fibre.
13.Apples help eliminate heavy metals. Usually found in the liver, In severe cases, some heavy metal may require surgery, but inclusion of apples in the diet may help prevent build up of heavy metals.
14. Apples are packed with vitamin C, A and flavonoids and smaller amounts of phosphorus, iron, and calcium. These are all beneficial for our health.
15. Apples provide a source of potassium which may promote heart health
16. Stroke: Eating apples has been linked to a decreased risk of stroke
17. Apples strengthen the heart, quench thirst, lubricate the lungs, decrease mucous and increase body fluids.
As the level of understanding of the human brain and neurological system advances, a tendency grows to hype “miracle” foods as quick fixes for whatever ails us . A more moderate position is simply to recommend greater consumption of all fruits and vegetables on a consistent basis including plenty of apples.
18. Apple is a brain food: I personally observed that apples are best eaten in the morning, the reason is because brain foods are best in the morning, other brain foods like eggplant are also best in the morning.
19. Wrinkles: In a sun-exposed site in older people of various ethnic backgrounds, eating apples and vegetables has been linked with reduced incidence of wrinkles.
20. Hair Loss Prevention: Numerous studies have shown that eating apples may be beneficial in cases of hair loss, stroke, prostate cancer, heart disease, high cholesterol, chronic obstructive disease, a disease that leaves its victims gasping for breath
21. Apples are also good for eliminating toxins from the body.

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