We've all heard the old adage, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away", but what’s so special about apples versus other fruit? As it turns out, plenty! Let’s take a look at some of the many potential health benefits a daily apple (when combined with an overall healthy diet) can provide:
- Warding off dementia – apples contain quercetin which has been associated with reducing cellular death and lowering neuron inflammation. Studies also show that routinely eating apples may even help prevent dementia!
- Regulating cholesterol levels – One Florida study found that older women who ate apples daily for just 6 months showed a 23% reduction in LDL (bad) cholesterol, as well as an increase in good HDL cholesterol levels.
- Cancer prevention – research suggests that the plentiful and specific antioxidants found in apples may help prevent breast (and other types of) cancer.
- Fight off obesity – apples may actually help you lose weight when combined with other nutritious foods. Aside from containing helpful insoluble fiber, apples are also chock-full of compounds that help good bacteria flourish in the gut, which can promote weight loss.
- Aiding digestive problems – apples are rich in fiber that can help things moving smoothly in the digestive tract. Regular consumption of apples may help aid constipation or diarrhea.
- Promoting ocular health – studies show that people who ate foods rich in antioxidants, like apples, regularly were up to 15% less likely to develop age-related cataracts than those who did not.
- Aiding tooth health – Apples won’t singlehandedly whiten your teeth, but chewing the skin of an apple can help reduce decay and promote whiter teeth by stimulating your salivary glands and lowering levels of bad bacteria in the mouth.
- Gallstone prevention – the pectin found in apples can help stop or prevent the formation of gall stones when eaten regularly.
So, you tell us – does an apple a day sound like a good plan for your health? Thanks for visiting EMC