Apples may not be the solution to all the world’s problems, but they really aren’t a bad start….
They grow well in a wide variety of climates, they produce relatively large amounts of fruit with relatively little care, there are varieties that ripen from mid-summer to early winter, and the amazing range of flavors and textures offered will please just about every pallet. And, many of the later-season varieties can be stored for weeks or even months without much fuss.
If you think that’s something, researchers are now finding there’s even more to love about the apple. It turns out they are great for your health, too.
According to a recent article on dailyhealthcare.com, here are some of the reasons to consider an “Apple a Day,” to be just a good starting place.
…Apples can’t replace your toothbrush, but biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, which help reduce tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria.
…Mice fed an apple-enhanced diet showed higher levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and did better in maze tests than those on a regular diet in a recent study.
…diets rich in the antioxidants found in fruits seem to help protect against Parkinson’s, a disease characterized by a breakdown of the brain’s dopamine-producing nerve cells.
…consuming flavonol-rich apples may help reduce the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to 23%.
…Researchers have identified several compounds—triterpenoids—in apple peel that have potent anti-growth activities against cancer cells in the liver, colon and breast.
…high-fiber diets are linked to reduced risk of colo-rectal cancer.
…foods high in dietary fiber are natural regulators for the digestive system, helping to regulate the balance of liquid in the intestines, which helps in turn with diarrhea, constipation, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and hemorrhoids.
Healthy blood sugar
…Women who eat at least one apple a day are 28% less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those who don’t eat apples. Apples are loaded with soluble fiber, which helps blunt blood sugar swings.
…many studies have confirmed that the soluble fiber found in apples binds with fats in the intestine, which translates into lower blood cholesterol levels and a slower buildup of cholesterol-rich plaque in your arteries.
…The phenolic compounds found in apple skins also have been shown to help prevent the cholesterol that gets into your system from solidifying on your artery walls.
…lowered cholesterol levels are also linked to reduced risk of gallstones.
Healthy immune systems
…Recent studies have found that quercetin, found in apples, can help boost your immune system.
…Apples are high in fiber, which makes them excellent snacks that will help fill you up without adding too many calories.