It’s true! According to USAPPLE.COM, an apple a day really can help keep the doctor away. Here are a dozen facts about how apples support our overall health.
Apples are rich in antioxidants, especially quercetin, known to inhibit cancer onset and cell proliferation.
PACKED WITH ANTIOXIDANTS
Mounting research suggests powerful antioxidants in apples and apple products play an essential role in reducing risks of prevalent diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.
GOOD FOR GOOD GUT BACTERIA
University of Denmark researchers discovered apple consumption increases the number of good gut bacteria.
KEEP THE CARDIOLOGIST AWAY
OSU reports eating one apple a day for four weeks lowered blood levels of oxidized LDL, the “bad cholesterol,” by 40%.
A study from American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests older women who eat plenty of fruits (including apples) may have a lower chance of bone fractures.
People who eat apples or apple products are likely to have lower blood pressure and trimmer waistlines.
Research from University of Illinois suggests soluble fiber, like pectin from apples, may strengthen the immune system.
REDUCING ASTHMA IN CHILDREN
Research from UK suggests children of mothers who eat apples during pregnancy are much less likely to exhibit symptoms of asthma at age five.
Apples are among the tastiest and best sources of soluble fiber.
Researchers from State University of Rio de Janeiro found that overweight women who eat three apples a day lost more weight on a low calorie diet than women who didn’t add fruit to their diet.
JUICE IT UP!
A 4 oz. glass of apple juice counts as a serving toward the recommended USDA Dietary Guidelines. (But why not eat the whole fruit?!)
THE SKIN-NY ON MUSCLE HEALTH
Ursolic acid, a natural compound found in the apple’s skin, may prevent muscle wasting that can result from aging or illness.