Apples

23 11 2010

Benefits:

  • Apples are a good source of pectin (a soluble fiber). Fiber helps in regulating bowel movements which ultimately reduces the risk of colon cancer; the skin of apple also contains phytonutrients which can help to slow the pace of colon cancer.
  • Apples can help lower cholesterol levels in the body. The pectin in apples (.78grams per 100grams) which binds to cholesterol helps lower its level in the bloodstream therefore reducing the damage that can lead to cardiovascular disease.
  • Apples contain quercitin which have been found to help prevent the growth of prostate cancer.
  • Apples protect nerve cells from neuro-toxicity caused by oxidative stress which ultimately prevents neurodegenerative diseases. According to research apples’ antioxidant can protect brain cells against the damage that contributes to the kind of memory loss associated with aging and Alzheimer’s.
  • Apple cider vinegar when added to a glass of water prevents the formation of kidney stones.
  • Regular consumption of Apples can promote hair growth.
  • Apple juice can help reduce or eliminate asthma attack. One study shows that children with asthma who drank apple juice on a daily basis suffered from less wheezing than children who drank apple juice only once per month. Another study showed that children born to women who eat a lot of apples during pregnancy have lower rates of asthma than children whose mothers ate few apples.
  • Apples are beneficial in diabetes. The pectin in apples supplies galacturonic acid to the body which lowers the body’s need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes.
  • Apples can help in weight management.  A medium apple contains about five grams of fiber which helps you feel full longer and it contain almost zero fat and cholesterol.
  • Eating at least one apple a day reduces the risk of skin diseases.
  • The pulp of apple when applied on the face can cure and improve acne condition.
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