Apple is rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fiber, which makes it prevent serious illnesses such as cancer, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases as well as incurable neuro-degenerative diseases such as Parkinson or Alzheimer. And this is not all.
Increasingly more studies about the apple’s benefits for health confirmed that the popular proverb "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" is true in the most literal sense! A team of researchers from the University of Australia conducted research on a target group of 1,500 women and came with the conclusion that the apple is a genuine “life enhancer” due to an extraordinary combination of antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fiber. The study pointed out that women who eat at least one apple a day (about 100 grams of fruit) significantly increase their life expectancy.
“The women who ate more apples had a lower risk of dying. It is a fairly large reduction in risk. The message is not to eat apples in preference to other fruits. Apple is a healthy fruit that is contributing to better health and potentially longer life expectancy. They are amongst the top contributors to total flavonoid intake. We have previously shown that flavonoid intake from apple skin improved artery relaxation. We have now shown that higher apple intake was associated with lower risk of all-cause mortality and cancer mortality in older women” says the researcher Jonathan Hodgson.
Recent studies have revealed an interesting aspect, namely that the beneficial health effects of this fruit are enhanced because of an extraordinary property to influence the bacteria in the digestive tract. In addition to its life enhancing effect, apple’s rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fiber content makes it prevent serious illnesses such as cancer, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases as well as certain incurable neuro-degenerative diseases such as Parkinson or Alzheimer. Regular consumption of apples also helps reduce cholesterol level, improve digestion, prevent anemia, stomach and liver problems.
Equally important is apple’s vitamin C content that makes it contribute slowing down the aging process and mitigating the pollution effects such as smoking or atmosphere toxicants.
Finally the regular consumption of apples is recommended for people who want to lose weight. The rich fiber content helps reducing hunger while both fibers and polyphenolii have the ability to act on the bacteria that influence the body's response to unhealthy food based on fat, thus combating the danger associated with overeating.