• “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away”

  • by Casey Chisholm

Everyone has heard the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but what makes an apple the cure to staying healthy? Apples have been proven to be one of the most nutritionally complete fruits. Due to their high fiber content, apples are a quick nutritious snack that can make you feel full for hours. Here are a few other reasons apples are so helpful to the human body.

High doses of vitamin C

On average eating an apple with the peel can provide you with between 6 to 30 grams of vitamin C. High doses of vitamin C can help prevent infections, decrease blood pressure, as well as help maintain bone and dental strength.

Help prevent heart diseases

An antioxidant found in apples called flavonoids, has been proven to prevent cardiovascular and coronary heart disease.

Help prevent specific cancers

Apples have been shown to decrease the risk of lung, colon, and prostate cancer.

High Phenol content

Phenols have been shown to reduce LDL, a bad cholesterol, while it increases HDL, a good cholesterol. Although the concentration of phenols vary in apples, they are still considered to be in the top 3 of the foods with high phenol levels.

High fiber content

Apples are filled with a soluble fiber. This fiber binds with the fats located in your small intestines that can reduce your cholesterol  levels.

Can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease

Alzheimer’s is a slowly progressive disease of the brain. It is characterized by impairment of memory, but eventually leads to disturbances in reasoning, planning, language, and perception. Parkinson’s disease is another slowly progressive disease that attacks the central nervous system. Various studies have been done recently showing that apples can reduce the risks of both Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Increase lung health

Latest research has shown a direct inverse correlation between routine consumption of apples and diseases of lungs like emphysema, bronchitis, and asthma.

Contain a variety of vitamins

Apples contain a complete sources of the main vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay health such as vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium calcium, and phosphorus.

Aids in Weight Loss

Ursolic acid, commonly found in apples, has been discovered to decrease obesity and glucose intolerance. They also help to manage your body weight by keeping you full longer with less amount of calories due to the high fiber content.

 

On average, a person consumes about one apple a week. While this isn’t bad, there is just so much more potential benefits apples can offer if you have one a day. Try increasing your weekly apple intake to 3 or 4 a week, eventually making your way to one a day.

 

With all of the potential health benefits apples offer and the delicious taste, why not have one a day?