They are delicious, they are nutritious and a handful may even help keep doctor away. The season of apples is here and we can’t wait to have our fill of these juicy and crunchy wonders. Whether you have them as a stand alone snack in the middle of a work-filled day or as part of salads, smoothies, pies or desserts, apples rarely disappoint. Furthermore, the extensive list of the health benefits that apples offer is hard to ignore. A collection of research studies suggests that apples may well be one of the most healthy foods for you to include in your daily diet. Let’s take a look at the studies and the possible health benefits suggested by them.
1. Provide High Antioxidants
Many people consider berries with being the fruit of choice when it comes to getting antioxidants but, the actual fact is apples are actually very high in antioxidants and phytochemicals. It is proven that these fruit help to reduce the incidents of diseases like cancer and chronic.
Apples contains common antioxidant that are high in vitamin C, an apple supplies 14 apples of your recommended daily intake of this important vitamin and these vitamin C is necessary for a healthy immune system, eyes, skin and brain.
2. Keeps Heart healthy
Consuming lots of fresh fruits and veggies help to keep your heart healthy. Apples play a important role in this as well. The pectin in apple helps to reduce inflammation that help to keeps your heart from being inflamed. It also help to recover your bad cholesterol levels as well as help to keep lipids liquid and moving through your system which in turn, also puts less stress on your gallbladder, thereby helping to prevent gallstones.
3. Help to Prevent Diabetes
Including healthy fruits like apple in diet with vegetables can significantly reduce the chances of diabetes and weight gain. The flavonoids content in apples help to improve insulin sensitivity.
You may think apples are high in sugar, they are also high in fiber which makes apple fruit a low glycemic index food which means that the sugar in apples enters the bloodstream slowly in your body, so blood sugar levels are more stable that causes high fluctuations in blood glucose levels that may lead to insulin resistance. The other antioxidants and fiber found in apples also play a role in their anti-diabetic effects.
4. Help to Protect Brain
Apple juice help to preserve acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that can decline with age. Low levels of acetylcholine in human body are linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
5. Minerals and Vitamins
Apples fruits contains many vitamins and minerals, though not in high amounts but apples are usually a good source of vitamin C. The vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid, this vitamin is a common antioxidant in fruits. It is an essential dietary nutrient that has many important functions in your body. Potassium is main mineral in apples,it provides benefit for heart health when consumed in high amounts.
This property of apples is especially effective for diabetics, who have to keep their blood sugar spike in check. Experts have also suggested that apples lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes because of class of antioxidants called Anthocyanin, that is also responsible for red, purple and blue colors in fruits and veggies. High in pectin fibre apples boost metabolic levels, help improve heart health and regulate body’s blood sugar levels by regulating the release of sugar. They are also packed with vitamin and minerals that promote healthy bones, teeth and skin. Apples are loaded with vitamin C that boosts immunity, keeping any ailment at bay. They also consist of healthy polyphenol antioxidants that are essential for overall health.
Skin Benefits of Apple
1. Natural Moisturizer
Apples also have moisturizing properties, it is used in many beauty products and as homemade moisturizers. The high amount of water content in this fruit help to maintain the right amount of moisture in the upper layer of the epidermis and this also forms a layer of coating on the skin and protects it from infection and dryness.
2. Act as Sunscreen
Apples can act as guard for your skin against harmful UV rays. Moreover, Vitamins A, B and C along with the other oxidants can help to repair sun damaged skin. So, if you are looking for the best sunscreen for your skin, we recommend you to try out an apple homemade sunscreen. This homemade sunscreen leaves a very cooling effect on your skin after use and treats the minor sunburns and itchiness as well.