Apples are known in the fruit and vegetable world to promote health. They contain Vitamin C, which aids the immune system, and phenols, which reduce cholesterol.
It has also been suggested by Cornell University researchers that the quercetin found in apples protects brain cells against neuro-degenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.
For those of you who may not know what quercetin is: Quercetin /ˈkwɜːrsᵻtᵻn/ is a flavonol found in many fruits, vegetables, leaves, and grains. It can be used as an ingredient in supplements, beverages, or foods.
As children we all can remember our parent’s first initial nursery-rhyme-phrase, used to make us eat or fruits and vegetables; in particular APPLES.
“An Apple a Day Keeps The Doctor Away!” Another Pembrokeshire proverb was…
“Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”
But in all honesty; our parents were right on point! And here’s how I know!
Apples are filled with soluble fiber (5 grams), packed with vitamins C, A and flavonoids and with smaller amounts of phosphorus, iron and calcium.
- This fiber has been shown to reduce intestinal disorders, including diverticulitis, hemorrhoids and possibly some types of cancer.
- An Apple a day: help your breathing! In two studies researchers found that eating five apples a week lowered the risk for respiratory diseases like asthma.
- An Apple a day: helps reduce cholesterol levels by lowering insulin secretion by releasing sugar slowly into the bloodstream .
- An Apple a day: helps strengthen the heart because it’s provides a source of Potassium which promotes heart health.
- An Apple a day: quenches the thirst, lubricate the lungs, decrease mucous and increase body fluids.
- An Apple a day: reduces skin diseases.
- An Apple a day: Cleanses and detoxifies, which helps eliminate heavy metals, such as lead and mercury.
- 7. An Apple a day: before a meal helped women lose 33 percent more weight because an apple has only 50-80 calories and has no fat or sodium.
- An Apple a day: helps to fight off cancer cells by curbing the growth of cancer-people who munch more than one a day lower their risk for several cancers (oral, esophageal, colon, breast, ovarian, prostate, and others) by 9 to 42 percent.
- An Apple a day: reduces tooth decay by cleaning one’s teeth and killing off bacteria. Wow, who knew that an apple could be used as a tooth paste and/or mouth wash?
- An Apple a day: can make you smarter; possibly because they boost the production of acetylcholine, a chemical that transmits messages between nerve cells, apples are now thought to keep your brain sharp as you age, enhance memory.
- There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples. When I lived in England I tasted many different and delicious apples that I never see in Canada.
- The apple tree is a member of the rose family.
- When you eat an apple you are consuming a lot of air; 25 percent of their volume is air!
- Apples have 5 percent protein.
- Apple trees can live to be 100 years old!
- The largest apple weighed three pounds.
- In ancient Greece when a man proposed to a woman he would toss her an apple and if she decided to catch it, it meant she accepted.
- It takes the energy from 50 leaves to produce one apple.
Now are you ready to start your 365 apple-a-day challenge?
Oh! And let me not forget the silver and gold Apple nuggets of them all!!!
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*** Eat apples with skin to get the nutrients; many of the nutrients are in the skin or just under the skin (most of the vitamin C and vitamin A are in the skin) ***
*** Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (Bragg Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is made from the finest, delicious, organically grown apples) can help prevent the formation of kidney stones and slender your figure; starting with tummy-fat***