Natural wonder – Apples

Everybody’s heard of the adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But is it really true?

Apples have, for ages, been associated with temptation. Adam and Eve certainly couldn’t resist it, neither could Snow White. And why would they? This fruit is packed with nutrients and antioxidants which help your body fight and avoid many ailments.

Apple and its nutrients

Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorus! You name it and this fruit has it! Apart from minerals, an apple is rich in a number of antioxidants which neutralise a number of harmful and reactive compounds that our body creates during it normal processes. Apples are also rich in pectin, a soluble fibre which is helpful in maintaining digestive health.

Health benefits of an Apple

Helps reduce cholesterol: Pectin and polyphenols, which are present in apples help prevent the oxidation of bad cholesterol, thereby bringing down cholesterol levels. The skin of the apple is considered to have a higher concentration of these antioxidants than the flesh, so don’t throw out those peels!

Helps in preventing cancer: Antioxidants present in an apple can help in reducing the risk of cancer as they stabilise harmful compounds which can damage our DNA and signal the beginnings of cancer.

Reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases: Apples are a rich source of flavonoids. Studies show that consumption of these important flavonoids cuts the risk of cardiovascular diseases by almost 35%!

Helps keep breathing problems in check: Studies have shown a direct relationship between apples and general pulmonary health. Flavonoids play a part here as well, decreasing the risk of breathing problems like asthma, lung cancer and bronchial hypersensitivity.

Helps in controlling Diabetes: Quercetin, a flavanol found in apples has been known to reduce the risk of type II diabetes. Quercetin, just like pectin and polyphenols is present in higher quantities in the apple peel.

Aids in weight loss:  Studies have shown that consumption of two or three apples a day can help in weight loss. Apples are packed with fibre, making you feel “full”, thereby preventing the consumption of too many calories. So, the next time you experience hunger pangs, reach out and grab this glossy, crunchy and delicious fruit!

Helps in keeping your teeth clean: Many a people call an apple, nature’s tooth pick. Their crisp texture cleans teeth and kills bacteria present in the mouth keeping tooth decay at bay.

Experts suggest having two to three apples to derive maximum benefits. So add an apple in your salad for that crunchy and sumptuous bite or juice it up, with the peels of course! And watch as this fruit transforms your health with its incredible health benefits. Kind of makes you wonder why Isaac Newton just didn’t pick up the apple and eat it, doesn’t it?

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