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Bebefits of Eating Apples

Updated on September 13, 2013

Health benefits of eating apples

It is true that the simplest answer is, sometimes, the best. Achieving good health could be simple as reaching for fruit bowl when you need a snack. The Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples were rated position 12 and 13 respectively in a study carried out in 2004 by the USDA scientists to investigate the concentration of antioxidants per serving size in 100 foods. Antioxidants are compounds responsible for fighting diseases and improving immune system in human beings. Besides, apples are popularly known to be a rich source of a certain fibre known as pectin. Pectin is a fibre that plays an important role when it comes to improving human health.

Prevent Alzheimer’s

A recent study conducted by scientists on mice revealed that taking a glass of apple juice on a daily basis could greatly reduce the chances of Alzheimer’s as well as lower the chances of brain aging.

Prevent Parkinson’s

Study indicates that if you eat high fibre foods, you again protection against Parkinson’s diseases. This disease causes the malfunction of the dopamine-producing nerve cells of the brain. Health experts have linked the immune against this disease to the free radical fighting power of fruits like apples which have high contents of antioxidants.

Healthier teeth

Although it won’t replace your toothbrush, chewing and apple stimulates saliva production and thus reduces bacteria level in your mouth. As a result of this, there will be reduced tooth decay helping you to achieve whiter and healthier teeth.

Curb Many Types of Cancers

Apples contain flavonol which plays an important role in lowering the risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Besides, studies show that apples contain other important compounds such as riterpenoids which provide immune against breast cancer, colon and liver cancer. Apples are also believed to reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer. Reduce cholesterol Apples are a rich source of soluble fibre which binds with intestine fats to lower cholesterol levels.

Get a healthier heart

A body research indicated that the intake of apple or other fruits with high soluble fibre reduces the buildup rate of cholesterol-rich plaque in human arteries. This is important as it reduces the chances of coronary artery disease.

Control your weight

Being overweight is one of the main causes of many health problems such as sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease. Doctors strongly recommend a diet that is rich in fibre to help you manage your weight. Fruits such as apple are a great source of fibre and do not add too much calories to your diet.

Prevent cataracts

Recent research done by scientists has shown that people who have a diet which includes apples or other antioxidant-rich fruits are less likely to suffer from cataracts.

Prevent irritable bowel syndrome

Some of the most common symptoms of irritable bowel include abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation and bloating. Doctors strongly recommend you to regularly consume food rich in fibre to help you control these symptoms.

Including apples in your daily diet is one of the great ways of getting the daily recommended fibre content.

Minerals Contained
Vitamins Contained
One medium apple with skin contains 0.47 grams of protein, 95 calories, and 4.4 grams of dietary fiber.
Potassium - 195 mg Calcium - 11 mg Phosphorus - 20 mg Magnesium - 9 mg Manganese - 0.064 mg Iron - 0.22 mg Sodium - 2 mg Copper - 0.049 mg Zinc - 0.07 mg Also contains a trace amount of other minerals.
Vitamin A - 98 IU Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - 0.031 mg Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - 0.047 mg Niacin - 0.166 mg Folate - 5 mcg Pantothenic Acid - 0.111 mg Vitamin B6 - 0.075 mg Vitamin C - 8.4 mg Vitamin E - 0.33 mg Vitamin K - 4 mcg Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.


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