8 Surprising Health Benefits of Apples
There seems to be a lot of truth to "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." As some of the most popular and delicious fruits on the planet, apples are extremely rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fiber which offer a host of health benefits.
Aids in Digestion
The fiber content in apples eliminates most of the unwanted food additives we take in. These fibers regulate the bowel movement, preventing diarrhea and constipation.
Improves Dental Care
Eating apples helps in cleaning both, the teeth and gums. Furthermore, it reduces the incidence of cavities in the teeth.
Apples are believed to make the eyes stronger and improve eyesight. The vitamin C, antioxidants, and phytonutrients help fight the free radicals in the retina, protect the lens, and heal wounds in the cornea faster.
Prevents Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s Diseases
As if the other impressive benefits of apples weren’t enough, they also show a positive impact on neurological issues, particularly in two of the most tragic conditions, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
The role of apples in cancer prevention has been a subject of study for some time. While they have shown moderate improvement in treating various types of cancer, particularly breast and colon cancer, the most significant discoveries have been regarding lung cancer. Apples show a distinct and undeniable capacity to reduce lung cancer and slow its spread if it does develop.
Prevents Heart Diseases
Apples lower the level of cholesterol in the body, making it a strong defensive mechanism against cardiovascular diseases.
Apples are known for their high iron content and vitamin C content, both of which are essential for preventing and reversing anemia. Anemia is a deficiency of hemoglobin in the blood, which can be fixed by increasing your intake of iron.
Treats Respiratory Issues
Apples contain flavonoids which are powerful antioxidants with tremendous anti-inflammatory benefits that can help maintain a healthy respiratory system. They also help to prevent the development of different lung diseases and treat asthma.
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