Nutrition and Health Benefits from Apples

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Nutrition and health benefits of apples
by Dan Gerhardt · All Zones · Food Nutrition · 0 Comments · March 15, 2011 · 4,528 views

A study on mice at Cornell University found that the quercetin in apples may protect brain cells from the kind of free radical damage that may lead to Alzheimer's disease.

And the list still goes on and on. Apples are the Duracell rabbits of fruit. According to another study, those who ate the most apples had a 50 percent lower risk of developing lung cancer. Researchers believe this is due to the high levels of the flavanoids quercetin and naringin in apples. One study found that rats fed an extract from apple skins had a 43 percent lower risk of colon cancer.

Apples contain both insoluble fiber (cellulose) and soluble fiber (pectin). Studies have shown that both types of fiber can help keep your LDL cholesterol levels in check. In some studies, as little as two ounces of apple per day (less than 1/2 of a medium-sized apple) have been found to be helpful. That amount means that you would only need to eat one medium-sized apple three times a week to fit into this same heart benefits category.

Lastly, we need a quick overview of apple juice. In several studies, "cloudy" apple juice that contains apple pulp found in whole apples is clearly better at supporting your cardiovascular system than "clear" apple juice that does not contain this pulp. Since so much of the fiber, antioxidant and flavonoid content is contained in the pulp, this finding makes sense, and amplifies the importance of the whole, natural food form. Clear apple juice is a processed food, contains alot of sugar and lacks the fiber and other nutrients needed to help slow the release of the sugar into the blood, causing a spike in insulin levels, followed by the crash. Be sure to store your apples in the refrigerator and enjoy them several times each and every week.

Potential Health benefits From Eating Apples :

  • Bone Protection
  • Asthma Help
  • Heart Protection
  • Weight Management (both ways)
  • Digestion Support
  • Energy Booster
  • Alzheimer's Prevention
  • Liver and gallbladder cleanse
  • Lower Cholesterol
  • Cancer Protection (Breast, Colon, Lung, Liver)
  • Diabetes Management
  • Healthy Teeth, Gums, and Skin
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