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10 reasons an apple a day helps you keep the doctor away!

Apple: Apples boost immune system and keep infections away because of a flavonoid called quercetin present in them. Apples also help counter stomach ailments like diarrhea (by absorbing excess water) and constipation (because of the high fibre content).

Have you ever wondered why apples rank first among all fruits? Well, read the article to know the hidden reason.

Written by Sameer Jha |Updated : July 16, 2015 12:12 PM IST

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You've heard the line an apple a day keeps the doctor away -- forever now and must have dismissed it as an old wives' tale. However, nutritionists are time and again shedding light on the numerous health benefits that this wonder fruit has in store. If you are unaware of this humble fruit s health benefits, have a look at this post to get a clear idea why you should eat apple every day.

#1 Apples keep heart disease at bay

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Pectin, a soluble fibre present in apples helps in absorbing cholesterol and thus reduces the chances of your arteries getting blocked. The fruit is also charged with antioxidants, which serves the same purpose of fighting bad cholesterol and thus, keep your heart healthy.

#2 Apples lower your risk of stroke

According to a study conducted by Dutch researchers, people who consumed 171 grams of apple a day were 52% less likely to suffer from stroke compared to those who consumed 78 grams or lesser. So, gorge on an apple a day and lower your chances of suffering from stroke.

#3 Apples make your teeth whiter

Nobody likes stained teeth and opting for dental procedures might make a hole in your pocket. However, a simple natural route to get whiter teeth other than maintaining proper oral hygiene is to add apples to your diet. Apples contain abrasive qualities which help in fighting stains on your teeth and thus, whiten your smile.

#4 Apples give you glowing skin

One of the lesser known benefits of eating an apple is that it s great for the skin. It is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants which prevent signs of ageing, wrinkles and keeps your skin glowing. This is the reason, why you should add more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet to get glowing skin.

#5 Apples help with weight loss

Eating an apple before having a meal, acts as a wonderful way to lose weight. Apart from containing just 50-80 calories, an apple does not have any fat or sodium. Additionally, eating an apple makes you feel full due to its high fibre content. A Brazilian study even found that women, who ate apples before their meals, lost 33% more weight than women who didn t eat the fruit.

#6 Apples fight cancer

Amidst the fact that unhealthy eating habits and sedentary lifestyle is increasing your risk of suffering from cancer, eating apples can actually prevent you from cancer. Also, the presence of flavonoids, a chemical, in apples can help destroy cancer cells. However, make sure that you do not peel the apple, since most of the flavonoids are present in its skin.

#7 Apples help beat diarrhoea and constipation

Even though diarrhoea and constipation are two very different stomach ailments, apples can help counter both. The fibre present in apples adds bulk to the food that you eat and thus, aids in better digestion thereby preventing constipation. It also absorbs absorb excess water in case of diarrhoea, providing you a quick relief.

#8 Apples boost your immune system

Being rich in so many nutrients, apples can boost your immune system and keep you free from infections. In particular, a flavonoid called quercetin has been shown to significantly improve your immune system.

#9 Apples help you exercise better

A lot of people are confused as to what they should eat before exercising. Eating an apple can be a great option. It has been shown that apples boost endurance by making more oxygen available to the lungs.

#10 Apples can help improve memory

Eating an apple everyday can prevent the decline of a neurotransmitter known as acetylcholine thus improving your memory. A study also found that this property of an apple can slow the mental decline found in people with Alzheimer s.

All these health benefits make apples a precious food item and you shouldn t think twice before bringing some home for yourself and your family.

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