Who among us hasn’t heard the expression “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Seems like good advice. After all, whole foods are good for you. Fruit is good for you. But it seems there’s more to that old saying than we’ve previously considered.
Apples themselves are rich in vitamin C and certain B vitamins, as well as quercetin, which have been positively linked to reducing allergies, improving heart health, and even providing stress reduction by lowering cortisol levels. French researchers found that a flavanoid called phloridzin that is found only in apples may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and may also increase bone density. Boron, another ingredient in apples, also strengthens bones.
The list of apple-related health benefits is long, and continues to grow!
Here are just a few:
- Bone Protection (phloridzin)
- Asthma Help
- Alzheimer’s Prevention (quercetin)
- Lower Cholesterol (pectin LDL (“bad”) cholesterol)
- Lung Cancer Prevention (due to high levels of quercetin and naringin)
- Breast, Colon and Liver Cancer Prevention
- Diabetes Management (pectin supplies galacturonic acid which lowers the body’s need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes)
- Weight Loss
Recently, researchers have shown that among the apple eaters, 39 percent were able to “keep the doctor away,” meaning they had fewer doctor visits than non-apple eaters. Plus, apple eaters took noticeably fewer prescription medications than non-apple eaters.
The net takeaway? Get your apple a day, every day!