We have all heard that old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” well, an apple might not keep the doctor away. Still, it may make it easier not to see the doctor as often. Apples are available all year round, but they are full of flavor as we head into fall. Why not add apples to your diet and feel the health benefits!
What makes Apple Healthy
Apples are full of fiber which has so many benefits for our health. Recent studies have found that women who eat an apple daily are less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. The odds are reduced by 28%. The fiber in organic apples binds with the fats in the intestines, which lowers cholesterol resulting in a healthier person. Apple skins have phenolic compounds that prevent cholesterol from forming on artery walls if they get into your cardiovascular system, so you shouldn’t throw them away.
Recent research has found a correlation between apples and Alzheimer’s. Mice fed apples and drank apple juice had a higher level of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. The mice also performed better in mazes than those who did not receive apple juice. Researchers hope that apples may help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s and slow the brain’s aging. Doctors are busy studying the effects apples may have on the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. Some results have suggested that the high amount of fiber in apples can give protection against Parkinson’s because of the free radical-fighting power of the antioxidants in the apple meat.
Did you know that apples may be a big help in boosting your immune system? When you go to the local market to pick up red apples because they contain an antioxidant called quercetin. Studies are being done about quercetin’s effects on the immune system, especially in times of great stress. Scientists have found that not only does an apple contain quercetin, but it has the antioxidant flavanol. The American Association for Cancer Research has found that the consumption of apples because of flavanol may reduce pancreatic cancer by 23%. Plus, the triterpenoids found in apple skins seem to be able to slow the growth or be anti-growth in regards to breast, colon, and liver cancers. Research has found a link between the high fiber content of apples and a lower risk of colorectal cancer.
Apples can enhance a diet plan. Apples can be a great ally in the battle to lose weight. Women were asked to eat dried apples and those who did lose more weight than those in the group that did not have the extra apple added to their diet. Researchers believe fiber pectin is responsible for weight loss. The antioxidant quercetin found in apples may help with your exercise program. Researchers are studying the effects of quercetin and the ability to work out longer. They have found that quercetin aids endurance by making oxygen more available to the lungs. They have found that quercetin has helped people bike longer and more effectively.
The next time you go shopping, make sure you stop and pick up some delicious apples. They come in many colors and flavors, plus they will benefit your mind and body!
Try These Delicious and Healthy Apple Recipes
Dr. Nandi’s Fall Salad Surprise
Dr. Nandi’s easy-to-make salad uses apples along with nutrient-rich vegetables. You won’t believe how good it tastes! Add it to your routine and become your own Health Hero. Go get the recipe.
Dr. Nandi’s Oatmeal Surprise
Dr. Nandi’s hearty oatmeal uses apples along with cranberries, walnuts and raisins. Nutritious and delicious! Add it to your routine and become your own Health Hero. Go get the recipe.
Dr. Nandi’s Baby Spinach Salad with Beets and Apples
For a deliciously innovative autumn salad, readily available beets, apples and spinach are more economical than out-of-season produce. Add it to your routine and become your own Health Hero. Go get the recipe.