Does an Apple a Day Really Keep the Doctor Away?

Apples are Good for the Body and the BrainWe’ve all heard the adage before, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But, is it true? Science says an apple a day could help in many different ways.

Apples didn’t make it to North America until the early 17th century. Their first use, however, was for cider. Annually, the apple is the 3rd most important fruit for the US economy. Beyond their economic power, they deliver a plethora of health benefits, many of which we are just now learning about.

“Apples are low in calories and free of fat, sodium and cholesterol. They are rich in fiber, disease-fighting anti-oxidants and a variety of vitamins and minerals including potassium, folate, niacin and vitamins A, B, C, E and K. Eating apples has been associated with lower risk of a variety of cancers, stroke and diabetes. In addition, these nutritional powerhouses may help protect the brain from developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and even lower a person’s risk of tooth decay.” (source)

Despite their large presence, some scientists think the main benefits of apples are only marginally related to vitamins. Either way, apples are good for the body and the brain, helping to reduce things like cholesterol and some types of cancers.  A study found that eating apples helped to reduce cholesterol by 23 percent. Additionally, apples contain phytochemicals that may provide an immune boosting and cancer deterring effect. They also contain antioxidants, which have the ability to counteract chemical substances responsible for age-related decline.Apples Can Positively Affect Lifespans

Apples were also found to be beneficial to muscles. As we age and when we are sick, our muscles can become progressively weaker. Apples contain ursolic acid, which is found in their peels. In a study, mice were fed the extracted ursolic acid. After a few weeks of receiving the extract, the mice showed an increase in muscle mass. It was thought to have occurred because the extract caused better insulin communication to the muscles, which repaired genes connected to muscle atrophy.

So an apple a day, in addition to maintaining your health in other ways, really can keep the doctor away. Organic apples can provide all of these benefits without the risk of pesticides.

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