From our forefathers times to the current era of science, apples have enjoyed a unique place and has cemented its place as a true superfood. An apple was originally grown in Europe and later spread to the temperate regions of the world. Commonly available in the northern hills of India, an apple houses several health benefits and is amongst the most recommended fruits.
Apples are endowed with a very impressive nutritional profile. Enriched with all the major kinds of Vitamins such as Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, E, K, it also houses essential minerals like Potassium, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Calcium, Iron. Low on calories, apples are a rich source of dietary fiber and phytonutrients such as flavonoids and polyphenolics.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF APPLES
Here are a few ways in which apples can be advantageous for you:
1 . Prevent Strokes
-The dietary fiber in apples control the cholesterol levels in blood thereby curbing the plaque formation in the arteries significantly reducing the chances of heart-attacks in adults.
2 . Control Blood pressure
-Eating an apple, supplies our system with a flavonoid ‘Epicatechin’, that significantly aids our body in managing high blood-pressure.
3 . Manage Diabetes
-Polyphenols in the skin of apples promote the production of insulin by the pancreas. Eating about 4 apples each week can significantly mitigate the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
4 . Prevent Cancer
-Recent studies prove that apples contain polyphenolic compounds that are effective in prevention of cancer in humans. The apple peel contains organic compounds that fight against cancer occurring in the liver, breast and colon.
5 . Aid Weight Loss
-The combination of flavonoids and dietary fibre in apples improves metabolism and reduces the rate of fat accumulation by our bodies. Also, the high fibre and water content of the fruit keeps one feeling full for long durations
6 . Fight Asthma
Apples are rich sources of Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that helps reverse the oxidative damage caused by free radicals that enter our body through food or air. Also a flavonoid named Quercetin stimulates the immune system and controls inflammation.
7 . Boost Nervous System
-The antioxidant quercetin revives the nerve cells affected by oxidative damage caused by free radicals. Apple consumption stimulates the brain to produce acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that effectively improves memory functions and deters the onset of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
8 . Build Up Bones
-Apples help preserve bone mass over the years and regular consumption of apples helps our gut assimilate essential minerals like calcium and potassium thus strengthening the bones.
So, go ahead and enjoy countless health benefits and unique taste of this irresistable fruit by adding this to your salads, bakery products or as a whole. Eat Healthy, Stay Happy!