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An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

At 115, Chang Tong-Chin is still strong-bodied with perfect vision and normal hearing. She has two sons and four daughters; her first grandchild is 77 years old. Except of an occasional flu, she has never been sick enough to require hospitalization. What is her secret to staying so healthy? It’s all about the apples! Her son revealed that apples are her favorite food.

Delicious and crunchy, apples are one of the most popular and favorite fruits among the health conscious, fitness lovers who firmly believe in the concept of “health is wealth.” This beautiful fruit is packed with rich phytonutrients that, in a real sense, are indispensable for optimal health. Certain antioxidants in apples have health promoting and disease prevention properties, and thereby, justifying the old adage: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

Here are some of the benefits that you can realize if you eat an apple a day:

Cancer prevention

A medical study from Finland reveals that apples have been found to have very strong antioxidant activity, inhibit cancer cell proliferation, decrease lipid oxidation, and lower cholesterol. Apples contain a variety of phytochemicals, including quercetin, catechin, phloridzin, and chlorogenic acid, all of which are strong antioxidants.

Lowers blood pressure

An apple a day can keep high blood pressure and hypertension away, as long as you don’t remove its peel, say scientists at Nova Scotia Agricultural College. Researches tested the peel and the fleshy fruit of apples separately on samples of an enzyme called ACE, which is known to cause hypertension and high blood pressure in humans. The peel was found to be up to six times more effective in inhibiting ACE than the fleshly part of an apple.

Heart protection

Apples contain the soluble fiber pectin, which assists in the process of keeping arteries unclogged. They are an excellent source of potassium and magnesium, which are capable of preventing and even reversing hardening of the arteries. A scientific study found that those who eat apples frequently have a 43 percent decreased risk of a heart attack as compared with those people who do not eat apples.

Apples contain the soluble fiber pectin which assists in the process of keeping the arteries unclogged. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Apples contain the soluble fiber pectin, which assists in the process of keeping arteries unclogged. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Immunity enhancement

White blood cells produce antibodies to fight infections, and are an essential part of your immune system. They are formed in the bone marrow from stem cells. If your white blood cell count is low, then your immune system is weakened and is no longer able to fight infections effectively. Even a common cold can become dangerous. Apples help to boost your white blood cell count by ensuring you have enough protein and the correct vitamins and minerals in your diet.

Maintaining a young appearance

While beauty treatments make use of acids like glycolic and salicylic acid, the malic acid found in apples is gentler and it promotes healthy, firm, and young looking skin. The malic acid in apples gently renews the skin cells. Apples are also high in fiber, which promotes bowel movements and clear, pimple free skin.

Apples help to maintain a young appearance. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Apples help to maintain a young appearance. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Aid in digestion

Pectin is a complex carbohydrate, a soluble fiber found in the walls of plant cells. While pectin alone certainly has a number of health benefits, apple pectin is also a natural remedy for digestive disorders. Since apple pectin is high in fiber, it is used to help regulate bowel movements. It can help firm stools and reduce inflammation associated with diarrhea, as well as help with constipation. It is also used to help treat colitis, irritable bowel disease, and other related digestive disorders.

Control blood sugar

Foods with carbohydrates affect your body’s blood sugar levels differently, depending on their individual ingredients and nutrient profile. Foods rich in sugars and refined grains are more likely to raise your blood sugar levels, while foods rich in fiber are less likely to affect blood sugar levels, thus helping you keep your levels steady. Apples are rich in fiber and other nutrients, but they don’t have a large effect on your blood sugar.

The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.

Translated by Jean Chen.

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