The health benefits of apples are numerous,
grown apples. New studies are proving almost on a daily basis the truth
of the old adage: an apple a day can keep the doctor away, and granny's
advice to eat the apple with the peel.
Apples are packed with vitamins, minerals, and
nutrients) that have several beneficial effects on our health. Apples
are a rich source of two important phytonutrients or chemicals:
flavonoids and phenols. These are present more in the peel than in the
flesh. These phytochemicals act as antioxidants, destroying chemicals
the blood that damage certain cells. They also help lower bad cholesterol.
Studies have shown that flavonoids in apples reduce the risk of cancers
of the liver, colon, prostate, and lung. Studies have also shown that
they may reduce chronic cough and other respiratory problems associated
with asthma and smoking.
Apples are extremely high in fiber, with the peel contributing 75% of
A medium-sized apple provides 5 grams of fiber, and research
shows that risk of developing heart disease may be reduced by 14
percent by consuming 10 grams of fiber daily; and death from
heart disease may be reduced by 25%.
contain quercetin, an antioxidant that has been shown to sharpen
memory and learning and to prevent age-related diseases like
Alzheimer's. Apples also contain the mineral,
boron, which promotes
Low-fat and fiber-rich apples aid in weight-loss
and boost the immune
system. Of course, these need to be coupled with physical exercise,
whether yoga or something more fun like the masala bhangra workout.
An apple a day (at a minimum) helps you meet the nutrient requirements
for maintaining optimum health.
To derive the maximum health benefits from apples,
buy organic apples
when in season from local farmers or organic produce stores.
grown with pesticides
and treated with fungicides and wax as they can cause more harm than