Apples are highly ranked for their disease-fighting antioxidant compounds. Scientists believe these compounds help prevent and repair oxidation damage that happens during normal cell activity. Apples are also full of a fibre called pectin, a soluble, fermentable and viscous fibre, which gives it a huge list of health benefits.
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A flavanoid called phloridzin that is found only in apples may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and may also increase bone density. Boron, another ingredient in apples, also strengthens bones.
A study has shown drinking apple juice on a daily basis can help alleviate wheezing, and eating apples during pregnancy can lower the rate of the child having asthma.
Studies have found that the quercetin in apples may protect brain cells from the kind of free radical damage that may lead to Alzheimer's disease, by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
The high levels of the flavonoids quercetin and naringin in apples can help lower the risk of developing lung and pancreatic cancer, while the pectin in apples reduces the risk of colon cancer and helps maintain a healthy digestive tract. Triterpenoids found in apple peel have potent anti-growth activities against cancer cells in the liver, colon and breast.
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, while the soluble fibre, helps control blood sugar levels.
A study showed that by eating three apples or pears per day lost more weight while dieting than not eat fruit while dieting. To manage your weight and improve your overall health, doctors recommend a diet rich in fibre. Foods high in fibre will fill you up without costing you too many calories.
Great eaten as a snack, in fruit salads, juices, baking in pies, jams, desserts.
Can also be made into apple cider for a refreshing beverage.
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