An Apple a Day, Keeps the Doctor Away
Everyone has heard the saying, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” Most believe the biggest benefit of an apple is that it’s a low calorie food. Although this is true, it also has many other health benefits that will help you live longer, be stronger, and feel better. First off, it helps prevent illness, including:
- Lowers Cholesterol – Florida State University did a study where older woman ate apples for six months. They found that overall they had 23% less of the bad cholesterol (LDL) and 4% more good cholesterol (HDL). This is believed to be because apples have pectin, which lowers bad cholesterol, also known as LDL cholesterol. You can lower your cholesterol by as much as 16 percent by eating two apples per day.
- Prevents Alzheimer’s – According to Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease states that drinking apple juice may increase acetylcholine production in the brain, which assists in memory building, which was evident in mice who had Alzheimer’s-like symptoms, while the journal Experimental Biology and Medicine states that part of why apples prevent cancer is because it contains quercetin, which reduces the amount of free radicals in the body. This same nutrient also helps prevent Alzheimer’s and the progression of this horrible disease.
- Helps fight infections – This sweet treat is rich in Vitamin C, which is a main component in preventing infection and boosting the immune system.
- Helps Maintain and Prevent Asthma – The US National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health points out that eating apples helps control many chronic illnesses including asthma. Some studies have shown that women who ate apples a lot while pregnant and before they became pregnant were less likely to give birth to children who had asthma. Of those children who do have asthma, the ones that eat the most apples or drink apple juice more frequently were less likely to have asthma attacks. One reason for this is that the pectin, yes the great substance for many other reasons apples are great, reduces inflammation. Asthma being an inflammatory disease is greatly affected by eating anti-inflammatory foods.
- Helps Being Regular – Since apples are high in fiber, it works two-fold. Not only will it help if you are constipated, it can also help thicken your stool when you have diarrhea by eating it in the form of applesauce.
- Helps Manage Diabetes – Pectin, the same part of an apple that lowers bad cholesterol, also gives your body galacturonic acid, which helps in the maintenance of diabetes by balancing the glucose levels.
- Prevents Cancer – (including liver, breast, colon, and lung cancer) – Cornell researcher Rui Hai Lui did a seriess of studies that pointed towards a reduction of cancer growth in patients who ate large amount of fruit including apples. It is also believed that the more apples a person eats, the less likely they will develop cancer.