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'An apple a day keeps the doctor away', runs the saying. Well this age-old adage holds true for more reasons than one. Apples are abundant in many essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. They do not contain fat, sodium, and cholesterol. The presence of antioxidants, potassium, fibre, vitamin C, B and B6, in them, can help you enhance your well-being. Not only this, but apples are also loaded with calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, phytonutrients along with flavonoids like quercetin, epicatechin, and other polyphenolic compounds. According to a study published in the Nutrition Journal, apples are one of the potent sources of flavonoids which may be responsible for keeping lung cancer at bay. Another study published in the Journal Of The American College Of Nutrition, apples are a major source of polyphenols, carotenoids, and other nutrients which may promote anti-obesity effects. So, apple intake in different forms can cause weight loss in overweight people.
One of the most cultivated and consumed fruit in the world, apple is extremely rich in dietary fiber, flavanoids and antioxidants. It helps reduce the risk of developing hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. According to our expert, Wendy Bright Fallon, who is an integrated house counselor, apple has anti-inflammatory properties, which is good for vascular support, immune system and digestive system. According to our expert, consuming three apples a day can keep the doctor away. But consuming too many of them can cause a stomach ache.
Filled with Vitamin C, Vitamin A and E, and minerals such as calcium, potassium, and phosphorus, apple skin helps detoxify the body. It also helps the liver and gall bladder. Our expert says that the best way to consume an apple is raw, straight from the tree. By cooking it, you are killing the live enzymes in it. You can dip an apple in peanut butter or walnut butter to make it more presentable and attractive to children.
Here, are few more reasons to add those apples into your daily diet.
They can help you regulate your cholesterol levels
"The soluble fibre content in apples can help lower your cholesterol by making it a strong defensive mechanism against cardiovascular diseases. Eating apples daily can decrease your LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase your HDL (good) cholesterol," says Ankita Ghag, Clinical Dietician, InBody India. So, just opt for them right away!
They can help you get rid of respiratory problems
According to a study published in the in the European Respiratory Journal, says that tomatoes and fruits, particularly apples, slowed how much people's lungs decline over the course of ten years, indicating that these foods have certain nutrients which improve one's health. Yes, apples contain anti-inflammatory properties which help tackle respiratory troubles. Respiratory issues are triggered when your respiratory system becomes weak owing to the inflammation of certain membranes and cells. So, eating apples on a regular basis can be beneficial for the health of your lungs.
They can boost immunity
"Apples contain an antioxidant called as quercetin which enhances your immune system. Moreover, the other nutrient present in an apple is which is vitamin C has anti-inflammatory properties. Also, fibre content in it can boost your immune system," explains Ghag.
They can ensure smooth bowel movements
Apples are loaded with a fibre known as pectin. This fibre can be found between those cell walls of the apple. "The pectin fibre contained in apples aids your digestive process by ensuring smoother bowel movements," highlights Ghag. It can help you beat constipation and other stomach ailments. Moreover, the insoluble fibre present in those apples can help add bulk to your stool - this helps you retain water and make your stool soft. Ta da, you will be able to regulate your bowel movement and improve digestion.
They can help protect your bones
You will be surprised to know that apples can help you in strengthening your bones. Flavonoid phlorizin, which is found in apple skin, may help prevent bone loss, fights inflammation and free radical production which leads to bone degeneration.
They can help detoxify your liver
Since apples are jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, and fibres, they can help you flush out those toxins and detoxify your liver.
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