Do you know that daily intake of apples can help to reduce the risk of
diabetes, cancer and other cardiovascular disease? If not, this
article will open your eyes to at least 10 health and nutritional
benefits of apple.
Apples are great source of vitamins and many essential minerals,
antioxidants and fiber. Apples also contain phytochemicals and
antioxidants such as catechin, phloridzin, quercetin and chlorogenic
acid, phenolics, flavonoids, carotenoids as well as vitamins that help
to boost the body immune system and fight against bacteria and
infections. These phytochemicals and antioxidants can also reduce the
risk of developing such disease such as diabetes, cancer and various
type of cardiovascular ailment.
Worldwide there is increased awareness of the nutritional value and
health benefits of apples which account for its increased popularity
and consumption rate.
Apple is one of the most popular and fast selling fruits in the street
and market of Africa, A sia, America and world in general. Apple
fruits come in variety of colors ranging from green, light green, red
or a mixture of both colors.
10 Health Benefits of Apple Consumption
1. Apple help to build up the immune system
Apple is a good source of vitamin C. This vitamin is needed in great
amount by the body especially by the immune system to prevent our body
against uninvited guest such as bacteria, infections and other
ailments that usually capitalize on poor immune system.
2. Reduce the risk of diabetes
The red color in apple is caused by an antioxidant called
anthocyanins. This class of antioxidants is known to lower the risk of
developing type 2 diabetes.
3. Reduce the risk of cancers
Adequate consumption of apple can help to minimize the risk of
developing various types of cancer such as pancreatic cancer, liver
cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, epithelial lung cancer and other
forms of cancer. The ability of the apple to prevent or curb the
growth of all sort of cancer is linked with the abundant presence of
compounds such as flavonol, triterpenoids, catechins and antioxidants.
4. Increase brain memory
Apples contain compounds that are good for brain proper functioning
and retention. Acetylcholine helps to sharpening your memory and apple
helps in the increase production of acetylcholine. Therefore, apple is
recommended for teens, elderly and people with poor memory.
5. Apples helps to lower cholesterol
Apples contain fibre in the form of a soluble compound named pectin.
The fibre, pectin discourages the absorption and storage of
cholesterol while encouraging the immediate use of it, thereby
preventing the body from ailments caused by high cholesterol.
6. Apple reduces obesity
Apples are anti-calorie, since it boosts calorie burn. The
anti-calorie nature of apples is caused by the presence of the
component, ursolic acid. Therefore, eating lot of apples can help to
burn calorie, increase muscle, keep you slim thus reducing the risk of
illnesses associated with obesity.
7. Apple helps with breathing, asthma and pulmonary function
The skin of apples is abundantly rich in quercetin, an antioxidant
which improves the lung performance and ensuring proper breathing.
Though, apple cannot cure asthma but it can help to minimize the risk
of asthma and bronchial hypersensitivity.
8. Minimize the risk of developing cataracts
In general, antioxidants which are present in fruits help to minimize
the risk of developing the eye defect 'cataracts.' Since apples are
abundantly rich in antioxidants, eating plenty of it can help prevent
9. Apple helps to manage your calorie intake
Our digestive system takes longer time to digest fibre which is a
complex material than sugar and other simple materials. Therefore,
eating a lot of apples can make you full for long period than eating
other foods that are highly rich in calorie. Therefore, helps you to
manage your calorie consumption.
10. Apples reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
Apple is abundantly rich in flavonoids thus high consumption of apple
can help to decrease the risk of all sort of cardiovascular disease.
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