Health Benefits of Apples

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)

Some physicians refer to apples as the “fruit of comprehensive health” or the “all-purpose doctor.” Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that apples help produce saliva, quench thirst, moisten the lungs, alleviate anxiety, strengthen the spleen and heart, nourish the stomach and intestines, relieve diarrhea, clear summer body heat, and can help sobriety. Taking an unpeeled apple a day can also help minimize the occurrence of strokes. The following are some major health benefits of apples.

Nourishes blood vessels

A mid-sized apple contains few calories. It is completely free of fat or sodium, making it extremely beneficial for the blood vessels of the heart and brain.

Helps with weight loss

An average-sized apple contains 5 grams of fiber and 20 grams of carbohydrates. It is the perfect snack or dessert. The nutritional benefit is greater if consumed before meals.

Optimizes cholesterol balance

The fiber, pectin, and anti-oxidants in apples can promote the generation of high-density cholesterol (which is beneficial to health) and suppress low-density cholesterol (which tends to cause clogging of blood vessels).

For apple lovers, pick-your-own at a local orchard is an annual activity. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

For apple lovers, pick-your-own at a local orchard is an annual activity. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Supports respiratory and digestive organs

The nutrients and phytochemicals in apples can help prevent respiratory diseases and colon cancer.

Supports bone strength

Apples contain abundant boron, which is beneficial in maintaining bone density and preventing heart disease.

Suppresses inflammation and kills bacteria

The tannin in apples can protect teeth from cavities and gingivitis. It can also prevent urinary tract infections.

The benefits of apples and its products such as apple cider vinegar are clear. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

The benefits of apples and its products such as apple cider vinegar are clear. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

 Helps to prevent strokes

An apple a day (consumed with its skin) can help prevent strokes.

Helps maintain a youthful appearance

The vitamins and anti-oxidants in apples can help maintain a youthful appearance.

Helps prevents heart disease

Folic acid, abundant in apples, is an important B vitamin, and can help prevent heart disease.

The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — and 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.

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