“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”

June 9th, 2015

Everyone from childhood has heard the saying, “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. Indeed, it proves to be true. Without the use of drugs or even prescriptions, apples can prevent and cure many diseases. It is now, one of the most cultivated and consumed fruits in the world. Keeping your kitchen stocked with fresh apples can help you promote your health and reduce cost at the local drug store.

We have countless strange stories regarding the apple. The force of gravity was realized by Newton with the help of an apple, snow white was poisoned with an apple and the Apple brand. All this stories can easily make apple a wisdom fruit. Leaving these, apples happens to be a reservoir of nutrients, unlike all other fruits. Let us find out the nutrients it contains:

  • Vitamin C – It is a natural antioxidant capable of blocking some of the damage caused by free radicals.
  • Dietary fiber – A diet high in fiber helps prevent the development of certain diseasesand may help prevent the amount of bad cholesterol in your blood from rising.
  • Vitamin B- complex vitamins (riboflavin, thiamine, and vitamin B-6): Key vitamins in maintaining red blood cells and the nervous system in good health.
  • Phytonutrients – Apples are rich in polyphenolic compounds. These phytonutrients help protect the body from the detrimental effects of free radicals.
  • Minerals such as calcium, potassium, and phosphorus help in proper functioning of body.

All these nutrients combined make apple a miracle food. They help in keeping a healthy body in the following ways:

  • Weight loss benefits – Since it takes the body a longer time to digest complex fiber, so you don’t have hunger pangs.
  • Cholesterol is lowered – Apples contain fiber, some in the form of pectin. Pectin does not allow the cholesterol in the body to store by blocking its absorption. It makes the body use it. Hence, lower cholesterol.
  • Improves dental problems– Biting and chewing an apple stimulate the production of saliva in mouth, reducing the tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria.
  • Immune system is boosted – As discussed, apples are loaded with vitamin C. This helps boost the immune system. Also, red apples contain Quercetin, which boosts the immune system when stressed.
  • Positive impact on memory and breathing – Drinking apple juice keeps Alzheimer’s away and also prevent aging of the brain. Apples also restore lung function which improves breathing drastically.
  • Detoxification – With the help of apples, the liver is detoxified from harmful toxins accumulated in the body.
  • Increases endurance power before exercises – Quercetin found in apples increases oxygen supply for the lungs, increasing your endurance during exercises

Apart from these, apples also help to prevent lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. It reduces asthma attacks and helps to protect bones.

Though, there are about 3000 different varieties of apples found in UK, apple orchards are not as common there as they were in the 1900s. So, while sending fruit basket delivery in UK to your loved ones, don’t forget to add this ‘miracle’ fruit.