While an apple a day does not guarantee you will never need to see a doctor, there are some very compelling reasons to eat them. Aside from being sweet, inexpensive, convenient and portable snacks, they offer many health and beauty benefits—some of which might surprise you:
They’re good for the heart and digestive system. Apples are a source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber, such as pectin, helps prevent cholesterol from building up in the blood vessel walls, thus reducing the incidence of arteriosclerosis and heart disease. Insoluble fiber creates bulk in the intestinal tract, absorbing water and helping waste move through more easily.
They’re good for your bones. Apples not only contain calcium, but also a trace element called boron. Boron helps maintain bone density and can therefore help to prevent or to decrease the effects of osteoporosis.
They’re full of phytonutrients. Apples contain phytonutrients, which are antioxidants that can help to combat the effects of bad LDL cholesterol. On average, apple contains more antioxidants than a large 1,500 mg dose of vitamin C!
Apple cider vinegar is an excellent hair conditioner! Rinsing with apple cider vinegar helps balance the pH of your hair and removes dirt and chemical buildup on your hair shaft. It will also close the cuticle scales that cover and protect the surface of each hair shaft. The result is a smoother surface, which reflects more light, and so your hair is shinier, smoother and easier to manage.
What they DON’T have. Besides being tasty and full of good stuff, apples contain no sodium, no fat and no cholesterol.