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By Israel Oloruntimilehin
The popular saying that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is true to some extent. Not only are apples crunchy, juicy and tasty, they have a lot of health benefits!
Here are 12 health benefits of apples you might not know:
Apples help you control your weight
A lot of people of people desire to control their weight. Do you know apples can do just that for you? Apples are super rich in fibres. Diet rich in fibres feel up your stomach fast without you consuming too many calories- resulting into weight control.
Apples boost your immune system
Studies have shown that quercetin, an antioxidant found in apples boosts and improves the immune system. Apples are also rich in vitamin C which contributes to an improved immune system.
Healthy mouth and teeth
Apples stimulate the secretion of saliva in the mouth. Since saliva is acidic, it drastically reduces the ability of bacteria to grow and multiply in the mouth. The antibacterial properties of apple also keep the mouth healthy.
Protects your heart
The antioxidants in apple reduces the oxidation of lipids and neutralizes fat in blood vessels. The soluble fibres in apple binds with fat and results into low cholesterol levels and a healthy heart. Also, quercetin in apple reduces inflammation of blood vessels.
Apples reduce the risk of diabetes
Blood sugar level control is important for people who suffer from diabetes and polyphenols in apples is quite able to do that. Polyphenols reduce the uptake of carbohydrate by the body. The polyphenols also lower glucose absorption in our digestive tract and stimulate the release of insulin from our pancreas, which is also necessary to keep the blood sugar levels in check.
Helps in fighting cancer
Apples are a good source of antioxidants and in fact, they rank second only to blueberries. The outermost skin is most important for this benefit because that’s where most cancer-fighting antioxidants are present. Some studies even proved that “an apple a day may hold colorectal cancer at bay”.
Apples boost brain health
Apples increase the amount of acetylcholine in the brain, which is linked to improving concentration and memory.
Apples can treat asthma
Apples have been known to possess strong anti-inflammatory properties and are quite effective against asthma. Quercetin which is found in the outermost skin of apples strengthens the immune system and fights inflammation.
Apples prevent gallstones
Gallstones form when there’s too much cholesterol in your bile for it to remain as a liquid, so it solidifies. Since apples are fibre rich and prevent an accumulation of excess cholesterol, they prevent gallstones eventually.
They detoxify the liver
The liver is responsible for removing toxins from your body but a lot of toxins can get accumulated in it. Although, there are a lot of detoxification drugs, an easy way to detoxify your liver is to eat apples. So crunchy and medicinal!
Apples contain vitamin C which helps in collagen formation. Applying apple juice to scalp prevents dandruff and gives it a shiny look.
Apples are a good source of vitamin C
One large apple contains about 12% of the daily recommended vitamin c intake. Vitamin C increases immunity against infections and diseases. It also helps in collagen formation.
Israel Oloruntimilehin writes on Listdorm