Welcome to this new week. We would fruitfully start this week with this ‘fruity fruit’ called apple. Malus domestica as the apple fruit is named botanically has very many different varieties to include gala, grannysmith, primate, transparent, wealthy, duchess, swayzie, gravenstein amongst others; all getting ripened at different times of the year. There are tons of apple benefits
What is there to know in Apple Benefits for your Body?
Apple, one of the most cultivated and a consumed fruit; according to the Medical News Today’s ranking was number 1 in an article on “The Top 10 Healthy Foods”.
The constituents of this beautiful fruit which makes the very common proverb ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ true include vitamins, fibres, flavonoids and minerals.
Its vitamins contents include vitamin A, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), C, K and E; mineral contents obtained in apple are iron, copper, zinc, potassium, phosphorus and calcium; whilst the flavonoids contained therein include flavonols (quercetin), catechins, phloridzin, anthocyanins and the phenolic compound chlorogenic acid.
THE HEALTHFUL BENEFITS OF APPLES
The following points will itemized all you need to know about apple benefits to your health:
- WEIGHT LOSS
Fibres: High fibre content in apples helps you keep full and thus curb hunger and the urge to go for those high calorie containing foods that would help boost your weight.
Chlorogenic acid: Aids weight loss by slowing down glucose absorption within the body after a meal (pg coffee, April 2014)
- IMMUNE BOOSTING
Quercetin: According to Dr.Axe, ‘Quercetin is considered the most diffused and known nature derived flavonol showing strong impacts on the body’s immune response caused by the white blood cells and other intracellular signals by the kinase and phosphatase cell signaling pathways’.
Vitamin C: This vitamin aids the functioning of the immune system. (Strohle. A, Hahn .A; 2009)
- AIDS HEART FUNCTION
Vitamin B3 & Copper: Low density lipids could accumulate and adversely cause plagues around the arteries thus making it more difficult for its functionalities leading to a straining of the heart and therefore resulting in cardiac problems. Vitamin B3 and copper works by causing a reduction of this harmful ‘Mr. Low density lipids’.
- AIDS DIGESTION
The high fibre content of this sumptuous fruit accounts for its ability to aid digestion and helps prevent constipation .This helps sustain the integrity of the colon.
- ENHANCE NEUROLOGICAL HEALTH
Quercetin: Help reduce cellular death that is caused by oxidation and inflammation of the neurons
Furthermore, The Washington State Apple Commission recommends:
- Choosing an apple with shiny and not dull skin
- Firm apples free from bruises and punctures
- Refrigerating apples to maintain its crispness.
However, excessive consumption of apples may be harmful to the health because of its high fructose content. So therefore, you would not want to cause any further harm to yourself in the process of trying to help yourself get the wonderful health benefits packaged in this great fruit ( ironical, isn’t it?), just always ensure you consume apples in moderation.
So, lots of apple benefits has been shared today, I bet you have been a step higher in being informed about the wonderful apple fruit and its benefits. See you next week as we climb higher yet to another level again. Do have a wonderful week and do not forget that ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’.