From red skinned Albany Beauties to blushing Zuccalmaglio’s Reinettes, apples are tasty powerhouses of nutrition, prevention, and healing. The benefits of eating apples range from asthma relief to osteoporosis prevention, read on to find out why you want to eat more than just an apple a day. To receive the best health benefits from apples eat them raw and organic.
Eating apples is a simple and delicious way to maintain glowing health and prevent debilitating health conditions. For example, based upon studies conducted by French researchers, apples are thought to improve bone density and prevent post-menopausal women from developing osteoporosis. This preventative power is attributed to a flavanoid in apples called phloridzin. Another ingredient in apples called Boron has also been found to strengthen bones. Further studies reveal that women who regularly ate apples during pregnancy gave birth to children who experienced far lower rates of asthma than children born to woman who ate fewer apples during pregnancy.
Researchers at Cornell University found that quercetin in apples may prevent Alzheimer’s disease by protecting brain cells from free radical damage. Due to quercetin and another ingredient in apples called naringin, eating apples has been proven to decrease the risk of developing lung cancer by up to 50%. A study conducted on rats at Cornell University found the amount of apples a rat ate per day directed reflected the amount of breast cancer prevention they experienced. Rats who ate six apples per day reduced their risk of developing breast cancer by 44 percent, while rats who ate three apples per day reduced their breast cancer risk by 39 percent. Rats who ate an apple each day reduced their risk of breast cancer by 17 percent. Studies have also concluded that apple skin extract can reduce the risk of liver cancer by 57 percent and lower the risk of colon cancer by 43 percent.
Along with proven and effective preventative qualities, apples posses the ability to heal and offer relief to those suffering from several serious health conditions. Apples may offer relief to those suffering from diabetes by reducing the need for insulin. This is thought to be due to the pectin found in apples which supplies the body with galacturonic acid. Pectin is also credited with lowering LDL cholesterol (also called ‘bad’ cholesterol) by 16 percent in people who eat two apples a day. Children who suffer from asthma may find relief by enjoying apple juice on a daily basis. Research has shown that children who drink apple juice daily experience less wheezing than children who drink less apple juice.
Besides being delicious, crunchy, and juicy, apples are full of health building nutrition. Now, grab a fabulous Fuji or great Gala and start snacking.