Top health benefits of Apples
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Top health benefits of Apples

Apples are loaded with vitamins , anti oxidants and regular consumption of apples can be protective against many diseases including obesity , heart disease  and cancer .

One medium apple provides the following nutrients (1)

  • Calories: 95
  • Carbs: 25 grams
  • Fiber: 4.5 grams
  • Vitamin C: 9% of the Daily Value (DV)
  • Copper: 5% of the DV
  • Potassium: 4% of the DV
  • Vitamin K: 3% of the DV

In particular, vitamin C acts as an antioxidant to neutralize harmful compounds known as free radicals and protects against so many diseases.

Apples are rich in fiber content and water that makes apples excellent in weight loss management .

Flavonoids and high fiber content found in apples is known to  lower blood pressure and serum cholesterol . (2)Thus regular intake of apples can lead to lower rates of atherosclerosis(hardening of blood vessels ) hence regular apple intake can  help in reducing  heart attacks  and stroke .

Apples contain pectin which can act as prebiotic This is taken by good bacteria in our  gut .Gut microbiota has been linked to a number of metabolic disorders (3). Thus regular apple intake can go a long way to promote gut health and prevent so many metabolic disorders.

To conclude   it is rightly said that an apple a day keeps the  doctor away .

Notes and Queries magazine was the first to publish the original quote:

“Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” 

References : 

1.Food data central 

2.Majewska-Wierzbicka M, Czeczot H. Flawonoidy w prewencji i leczeniu chorób układu sercowo-naczyniowego [Flavonoids in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases]. Pol Merkur Lekarski. 2012 Jan;32(187):50-4. Polish. PMID: 22400181.

3.Koutsos A, Tuohy KM, Lovegrove JA. Apples and cardiovascular health–is the gut microbiota a core consideration? Nutrients. 2015 May 26;7(6):3959-98. doi: 10.3390/nu7063959. PMID: 26016654; PMCID: PMC4488768.

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