October is not just apple picking month, it’s National Apple Month. From apple picking, bobbing for apples, and good ol’ apple pie, apples have become a big part of American culture. But what’s most honorable about this longtime beloved fruit is what it brings to the table in terms of health. But what are all the health benefits of apples? Let’s take a look.
What are the Health Benefits of Apples?
Apples are packed with phytonutrients and antioxidants that help reduce your risk of different diseases including cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. That makes them one of the healthiest foods out there. Here are five more reasons why:
#1 Apples Support Brain Health
A 2006 study found that quercetin, an antioxidant that apples are full of, helps reduce cellular death resulting from oxidation and inflammation of neurons. Even apple juice was correlated to the production of certain neurotransmitters that may lead to improved memory.
Some studies even showed how daily consumption of apples can help decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Researchers found that including apples in your daily diet may protect neuron cells against oxidative stress-induced neurotoxicity and may play an important role in reducing the risk of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
#2 Consuming Apples Reduces the Risk of Strokes
Regularly consuming apples is also related to a decreased risk of thrombotic stroke.
#3 Phenolics Lower Levels of Bad Cholesterol
After just six months of consuming apples, older women can experience a significant dip in their bad cholesterol and a boost in their good cholesterol. Phenolics, found in apples, have been found to decrease total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels.
#4 Antioxidants in Apples Fight Disease
Remember the saying, “An apple a day keeps a doctor away”? Now, there is growing evidence suggesting that an apple a day may help prevent breast cancer. Although no one food can prevent breast cancer, choosing to eat high-antioxidant foods, like apples, can make a big difference.
#5 Apples Reduce Risk of Obesity
Bioactive compounds found in different types of apples help maintain the good bacteria in your gut. Healthy gut bacteria is essential to digestion and weight control. Which type of apple is the best for good gut bacteria? What other than the wise Granny Smith apple!
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