We All Know the Old Maxim, “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away”
by Delaney Wofford
But why is that, exactly? What is it about apples that have given them this reputation for being healthy and beneficial since…well, since before people even knew very much about medical cause and effect? We did a little research, and let’s take a look at what we found out. Note that all of the benefits listed here are referring to the consumption of raw apples, peel on.
1. Apples are actually good for neurological health.
That’s right! They are good for your brain. They contain an antioxidant called “quercetin” that reduces cellular death caused by oxidation and inflammation in your brain. As a result, apples have been suggested by doctors to reduce the risk of different types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s.
2. Apples are super for your heart!
According to several studies, apples have been shown to lower cholesterol, reduce your risk of stroke, and reduce your risk of diabetes. Quite the package! Especially considering that face that the Center for Disease Control says that 71 million American adults suffer from high cholesterol.
3. Apples fight off cancer.
Cornell researcher Rui Hai Liu says that an apple every day shows significant evidence of preventing breast cancer. There has also been evidence of cancer prevention in the liver, colon, and pancreas. Everyone carries cancer cells in their bodies naturally; it’s what we do and eat that determines whether they will become active. And apples are one good way of making sure they don’t!
4. Apples give you a prettier smile!
This one surprised me. I always thought that eating was the reason we had to brush teeth. All the sugars and bacteria that the food introduces into our mouth is what causes the problem, right? Of course, apples can’t replace brushing your teeth, but biting and chewing apples stimulates the production of saliva, cutting down on tooth decay by lowering the level of bacteria.
So you see, apples really are a way to cut down on doctor visits and on health issues in general!
Having them as a regular part of your diet can be a big boost in the right direction for getting your health on track. You can order them HERE when the apples are in season.