The benefits of eating apples may surprise you

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Apple News(NaturalHealth365) The old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” may sound trite and even outdated; however, increasingly research is showing that the benefits of eating apples truly are staggering. In fact, many scientists are calling the apple a “miracle fruit.”

The list of benefits is long, as the fruit can help fight cancer, boost the immune system, prevent cataracts, improve the digestive system and protect against age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Let’s take a look at some of the key benefits of eating apples.

Apples can reduce the risk of heart disease

A USDA-funded study, that took place in 2011 – focusing on women, showed that apples not only reduce LDL (bad cholesterol levels), but also increase HDL (good cholesterol levels) by 4 percent. The doctor leading the research called what he say in the women who ate apples “incredible changes.” In just 6 months, women experienced a 23% decrease in LDL levels. The powerful phytonutrients in apples work to fight LDL.

Help yourself to lose weight by eating apples

One of the ways that people can effectively lose weight is through feeling satiated. The satiety effect leaves dieters feeling satisfied so that they not only don’t reach for unhealthy options, but also they make better, more wholesome food choices. The pectin in apple has a known satiety effect, and this is one of the reasons that eating apples can quickly lead to weight loss.

Pectin also has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. Of course, losing weight will reduce your risk of a variety of ailments including everything from heart disease and high blood pressure to type-2 diabetes and stroke.

Improve the function of your lungs

Those who eat apples every week have better lungs. Researchers suggest that this could be a result of getting Vitamin C from a fresh fruit source, but others feel that it is the phytonutrients that help the lungs. Quercetin is one flavonoid in particular that reduces the risk of lung cancer and heart attacks. In general, quercetin can boost the immune system as well and help to combat stress.

Eating apples can reduce the likelihood of getting cancer

When it comes to all types of cancer, eating apples is a proven tool to combat this disease. A study from Finland’s National Public Health Institute revealed that a diet rich in flavonoids can reduce the risk of cancer.

In the study, nearly 10,000 men and women were studied. Researchers found that those who ate the most foods rich in flavonoids were 20% less likely to get cancer. Cornell scientists also have found that there are compounds in apple peels, called triterpenoids, that can combat cancer cells in the liver, colon and breast.

If for some reason you don’t like eating apples – studies have shown that drinking apple juice also has similar positive benefits. In this case, we recommend avoiding apple juice sold in stores, as it has been shown to have elevated arsenic levels. In this case, simply juice fresh organic apples, so that you don’t miss out on all the nutritious pulp and fiber content.

Sources:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110412131923.htm
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-36536/Apples-fight-heart-disease-cancer-strokes.html
http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-juicing-apples-4858.html

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  • barb

    Heard a rumor that apples (even organic) are sprayed with antibiotics. Info from natural news:

    As consumers, we can protect ourselves by always choosing breeds that are naturally resistant to fire blight. The Orient, Summercrisp and Kieffer pear varieties are most impervious. Steer clear of Bartlett. The safest apples include: Jonafree, Melrose, Northwestern Greening, Nova EasyGro, Prima, Priscilla, Quinte, RedFree, Sir Prize and Winesap.

    It is best to avoid: Beacon, Braeburn, Cortland, Fuji, Gala, Gingergold, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honeygold, Idared, Jonathan, Lodi, Monroe, Mutsu (Crispin), Paulared, Pink Lady, Rome Beauty, Wayne, Wealthy, Yellow Transparent and Zesta.

  • Bob Hamrick

    I wish your website had “Printer Friendly” &/or “Download PDF” options on the articles. Thanks.

  • Norman Halverson

    If they are sprayed they cannot be sold as “Organic” However I always half fill a kitchen sink with warm water add a couple tablespoons of white vinegar, and scrub them. And most all of my other produce as well. Because you want to eat the skin, and the seeds as well, the seeds contain laetrile, and may help prevent cancer. Best bet is to buy from a local grower in season that you know is an organic grower, and in the winter just do a little internet research on other organic resources

    • Norman Halverson

      Yes although I was not aware of spraying with organic antibiotics, I should have specified ” sprayed with pesticides and other chemicals” I stand corrected thank you

    • Just trying to help

      You need to check your research before giving people this advice. Apple seeds contain cyanogenic acids and can release cyanide under the right circumstances such as contact with digestive enzymes. Apple seeds contain about 700 milligrams of cyanide per kilo, so about 100 grams of apple seeds should be enough to dispatch a 70-kg adult human, but that’s an awful lot of apple seeds. Basically, an occasionally swallowed pip will do no harm but don’t work your way through a bowl a day or the build up could be harmful. Certainly don’t be doing it on purpose. Otherwise, yes, apples are a ‘super food’.

  • glen stewart

    Norman even though organic apples and pears are sprayed with antibiotics they can still be sold as organic. I emailed one of the growers of organic apples – safety manager – said that only about 5% of growers used the antibiotics. I had – pass tense – been purchasing their apples in the organic section of HEB.

    • Norman Halverson

      I stand corrected then. I probably should have specified “sprayed with pesticides, and other chemicals, that are not organic antibiotics, thank you

  • glen stewart

    Thanks to Barb for the information she gave.

  • John Lynch

    I don’t understand how apples that are sprayed with antibiotics can be sold as ‘Organic’. Under whose definition are they considered to be organic? Does anyone know the answer and is it possible to get truly organic apples without personally knowing the grower?

  • Dr. Julie Wilson

    Intestinal Parasite attack. Below is the solution and that too using an apple
    Eating one apple everyday before sleeping will remove the worms inside the stomach within 15 days. Do remember not to drink water after eating apple.

    Be Naturally Healthy and Fit

  • Jennifer Symonds

    Always make the there’s organic certification number on the pack(in Uk if the Soil Association symbol is present then you’re safe, of course other countries have similar associations to this). Washing veg & fruit is a bit of a waste of effort (& water) since the nasties used in non-organic farming gets right into the produce. In UK if the certification no. is 5 then you’re pretty safe. Any great article, Thanks. PS Both my Gran & my Ma always eat all the apples seeds & all ( Gran was well into her 90s when she popped her clogs & disease free to boot)