Vitality

Apple Health Benefits You Shouldn’t Ignore

You may have heard the old saying of "eating an apple a day keeps the doctor away." Funny enough, apples are not among the listed "superfoods" that each have their own set of unique health benefits. Well, newsflash: These crunchy, brightly-colored fruits, in all their varieties, are also good for your health. That is why it is good to munch on at least one slice if not the whole thing. You can eat apples as snacks or you can also add them to your breakfast bowls or smoothies.

Be it of the Granny Smith or Fuji variety, sweet or sour, eating an apple daily will negate any need of a visit to the doctor. It is not a cure-all fruit by any means, but it will at least improve your health in the long run if consumed regularly. Here are the health benefits of apples that you should not ignore:

Fights Cancer 

Compared to other fruits and vegetables, apples have more antioxidants especially on their skins, making them cancer-fighting superfoods. Studies found that eating one or more apples daily, as opposed to any other fruit, helped lower the risk of colorectal cancer. Other studies have also shown that apples can help prevent lung and prostate cancer.

Lowers Stroke Risk 

A study carried out on nearly 10,000 people over the age of 28 found that the risk of thrombotic stroke is lesser in those who ate the most apples. All this is linked to the fact that apples contain about 20 percent of the daily recommended amount of fiber, which is found by another review to lower risk of heart diseases and stroke.

Helps In Weight Loss 

Packed with less than 100 calories, apples are more filling compared to a single cracker with the same calories. One study found that those eating apple slices before a meal felt fuller and went on to consume 200 fewer calories during the said meal. Apples also contain compounds that help feed healthy bacteria in the gut, potentially lowering the risk of some obesity-related health issues. 

Good For The Brain 

Apples are rich in various antioxidants; among these is quercetin, which was shown to have a protective effect on nerve cells, helping them survive and continue to function. One animal study found that a high dose of the antioxidant can protect from complications leading to Alzheimer's disease.

Lowers Risk Of Diabetes 

Polyphenols, which are micronutrients abundantly present in apples, are thought to prevent tissue damage to insulin-producing cells. A study found that eating an apple a day lowers risk of type 2 diabetes by 28 percent. Even eating just a few apples weekly also has a similar effect.

Apples Apples are displayed outside a restaurant in central Warsaw August 20, 2014. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

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