Apples are known not only for being delicious but also for their wonderfully nutritious properties. There are so many different kinds and sizes, but they all provide the same nutrients. Keep reading to learn why it is important to eat an apple a day.
It reduces the risk of heart disease
In a lot of societies, heart diseases and other related conditions have surpassed cancer as the primary cause of death. What few people know, however, is that all these diseases can be prevented via healthy changes in lifestyle, such as with a healthy diet. Investigators at the State University of Ohio have found that consuming one apple a day for four weeks reduces the levels of a substance that relates to the hardening of arteries by nearly 40 per cent.
It increases your brain power
A study at the University of Massachusetts demonstrated that drinking fresh apple juice three times a week helped people with Alzheimer’s to vastly reduce the probability of this disease – by 75 per cent.
Please note: When buying apple juice, make sure it is not pasteurized. The idea is to consume apple juice raw or, that is to say, organic and unfiltered. When you make your own juice don’t remove the skin but throw the whole fruit into the blender, seeds and all.
It keeps your digestive machinery functioning properly
Apples’ natural fiber (both soluble and insoluble), which is vital for your body, can make your digestive system and cardiovascular system function properly. In addition, apples contain pectin, an important type of fiber that helps to collect toxins in the intestines and force them to leave your system.
It prevents some types of cancer
The flavonoids in apples can help protect you against certain types of cancer, especially lung cancer. Flavonoids are compounds contained in apples that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Chronic inflammation just as well as oxidative stress are considered importante factors in the development of cancer, and flavonoids combat both of these risk factors.
Regarding organic apples
Apples that have been organically grown generally do not contain the residue of the various chemical products in pesticides. These substances have been found to be truly toxic and carcinogenic (cancer-causing) in studies that directly address the nervous system and the human brain.
Scientists at the Pharmacy School in China have found that an oligosaccharide in apples has shown impressive results when used with human colon cancer cells.
Thanks to this study, the researches were able to conclude that apples have great potential as an agent of chemical prevention or as an anti-tumor agent. Nevertheless, the experts recommended that people consume only organic apples.
It is also known that this fruit has high levels of malic acid, which is great for improving energy levels in your body. This compound is also important for people who suffer fro chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia. Organic apples are also key in the fight against high cholesterol.
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