Health Benefits of Apples

Will an apple a day keep the doctor away?  Perhaps not, but  there’s certainly a lot of research supporting the many health benefits of apples.

  • Nutritious: One medium apple has 4 grams of soluble fiber, which makes  an apple a filling sweet snack. It counts as 1 cup of fruit, and is also good source of  Vitamin C.
  • Weight loss: This fibrous fruit will make us feel full and reduce appetite, minimize overeating.
  • Heart health: A Florida State study links apple consumption to heart health.  This 20 year study found apples were associated with a lower risk of death from both coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease.
  • Positive impact on neurological issues: The antioxidant effects of all the phytonutrient compounds in apples could help reduce Alzheimer’s disease.  In terms of Parkinson’s disease, apples stop the gradual breakdown of dopamine-produce nerve cells, which can be an underlying cause of Parkinson’s.
  • Improve concentration: Helps increase the amount of acetylcholine in the brain, which is linked to better concentration, problem solving and memory.
  • Managing Diabetes: Polyphenols in apples has been directly linked to reducing uptake of carbohydrates by the body as well as stimulating the release of insulin in our bodies.

Source: ( Eating well)