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Enjoy Health Benefits of Apples

Updated on February 19, 2013

An apple a day, keeps the doctor away. And it does!

The health benefits of apples are not simply based on old wives tales. Recent studies and researches prove that apples truly are nutritious fruits. They are bursting with phyto-nutrients that other fruits just don’t have. Adding apples in our diets will indeed make our cells stronger; and our body, fitter.

The health benefits of apples come from their abundant supply of phyto-chemicals like polyphenols and phenols. These phyto-nutrients supplement our body like multi-vitamins do. They make us stronger; and help us fight away common sickness such as colds and flu.

Sweet benefits of apples

We get a lot of heart benefits from apples coming from its rich source of polyphenol content called the quercetin. Apples are good for people with high triglyceride levels. They also help lower the risk of having cardiovascular ailments.

Quercetin helps regular our blood sugar levels. Also, apples provide water-soluble fiber to the body. This helps regulate our blood fats. While apples don’t carry much fiber in itself, the numerous phyto-chemicals in it enable the fiber in apples to be as potent or even more than other fruits or vegetables with rich fiber source.

Phloridzin another phyto-nutrient present in apples. They promote bone health. It increases the density of our bones. The benefits of apples as we age are vital to avoid osteoporosis.

Its phyto-nutrients as well as its Vitamin C content provide apples with very powerful anti-oxidant properties. They are also anti-carcinogenic which helps fight cancer-causing cells or elements. Apples promote our respiratory health as well due to its naringin and quercetin.

Getting the most benefit from apples

The problem I have with the apples (and fruits, in general) is the pesticides and chemicals being used to grow them.

While I love having that crunchy apple bite, I usually settle on having their skins removed, especially if I hadn’t bought apples from an organic market.

The polyphenols in apples, are however abundant in their skin. We get the most benefits from apples if we eat them as they are, skin and all.

The remedy for this is to buy organic apples. They may be a bit costly than the commercially grown ones, but at least they’re free of chemicals. Another way to enjoy and get the full benefits of apples is to wash them thoroughly under running water before munching.

That's it for apples! Have you had one today?

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks for sharing a part of yourself, peggy!! Wow, it must be cool to actually have apple trees near you. I have yet to see that as apples are hard to grow in the tropical region.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      My husband and I generally always keep apples in our home. When I was just a youngster my grandparents had some apple trees. That was nice! My mother always made homemade applesauce and when my husband and I lived in Wisconsin for 4 years, I also made my own applesauce as well as choke cherry jelly. Wrote a hub about that titled Old Fashioned Food Grinder Mill... I still have that food mill that was given to my by my grandmother. Thanks for reinforcing all the good reasons we should be eating apples. Up, useful and will share.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Good for US agusfanani. :)

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      agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

      Yes, I love apples and I agree with the idea about their benefits.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      I hear you noel! How I wish!haha!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Good for you! and mee!!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Yeap, I love love to eat them! :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Excellent information--glad to see this post. Apples are the perfect take along food for our on-the-go summer activities. Thanks for the reminder to stock up on quality apples.