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10 health benefits you probably don’t know about apples

29 March 2015, 16:05 Ann Mwirkia

Nairobi - Perhaps you have heard about the popular saying that says an apple a day will keep a doctor away. Undoubtedly this is true because apples are one of the healthiest fruits one can eat. It’s packed with high fibre, disease-fighting antioxidants and vitamins and are low in calories, contains no fats or chorestrol.Here are 10 health benefits you probably don’t know about apples.

1.       Boosts your immune system

A brilliant prescription for reviving your immunity, apples harbors potent nutrients, minerals and organic compounds that can supercharge your immune system and help fight certain infections. Eating apples in your diet will benefit your health in different ways. They are rich in nutrients and are rated most nutritional fruits for boosting your immune system and keeping you free from infections .The high levels of anxiodants and the nutrients are easily absorbed in the bloodstream.Much of the anxiodant compounds are contained in the peel so to get the greatest benefit eat the skin.

2.       Reduces risk of diabetes and heart diseases

Three servings of apples and other fruits such as blueberries reduces risk of coronary heart disease and diabetes by 7%.This is due to their beneficial role in blood sugar regulation as they contain compounds that may lessen absorption of glucose from your digestive tract and stimulate better cells in your pancrease to secrete insulin. The flavonoids mainly contained in the skin can help regulate blood sugar.

3.       Mitigating Cancer Risks

Regular consumption of apples regularly have a number of properties that may help mitigate the risk of cancer and initiate immunity on the same especially lung and colon cancer. The high anxiodant content of apples rank highest for fruits and anxiodants help prevent cancer. The presence of flavonoids,a chemical content found in the  apple skin  destroy cancer cells. People who regularly eat apples cut their cancer chances by half.

4.       Oral hygiene

Apples for oral hygiene. Adding apples to your diet helps whiten your teeth and maintain a proper dental hygiene. They contain abrasive compounds which help in fighting stains on your teeth.

5.       Apple improves your skin

Most people are unaware of this benefit. Crunching one a day works great for your skin. It’s a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants which gives a glowing look and prevents signs of ageing and wrinkles.

6.       Helps in weight loss and management

Apples and weight management and loss. Eating an apple before a meal works wonders to loose weight. An apple doesn’t contain any cholesterol or sodium and again eating an apple makes you feel full because of the high fibre contained in it.

7.       Helps in digestion

Apples help beat constipation and diarrhoea.The fibre bulk contained in the apples adds bulk to the food you eat and thus aids in better digestion thereby preventing constipation. It also absorbs excess water in case of diarrhoea, providing you a quick relief. They help benefit the bacteria in the digestive tract. The skin contains high levels of fibre which provides bulk in the intestinal tract. The fibre bulk also holds water that cleanses and moves food quickly through the digestive system.

8.       Reduces fatigue

Apples help you beat fatigue. Eating an apple before exercise is a great option because it boosts endurance and reduces fatigue by making more oxygen available in the lungs. Another perk is that the fibre in apple will keep you feeling energized and full.

9.       Apples improve your memory.

 An apple a day will keep those cobwebs away. They help in preventing the decline of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. The anxiodant quercetin protects the brain from inflammation which eventually can lead to decline

10.    Fighting chronic diseases and stroke

The apple skin contains soluble fibre which helps absorb cholesterol and thus reduces the chances of artery blockage. Since they have high anxiodants they serve the benefit of reducing risk of chronic diseases by fighting bad and excess cholesterol. Apples also improve bone health and pulmonary function and reduce risk of stroke. People who consume apples regularly reduce the risk of stroke by 52%.

Well, now you know,eat and live healthy,won’t you?

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