An apple a day keeps the doctor away has never had more meaning. In today's society, it is more important than ever to grab that apple before walking out that door in the morning before heading to the office or school. With all the chemicals and toxins we put into our bodies, be it food or the air we breathe. An apple can help make all the difference.
Opt for Organic when purchasing Apples, as we do not want to add more toxins to our system. Apples are thin skin, and the red peel is a life changer!
1. Apples may protect your body from free radicals
Polyphenolic compounds naturally occur in apples and have been shown to help protect your body from the effects of free radicals and environmental toxins. These compounds have also been shown to help reduce the risk of several inflammatory diseases.
2. Apples may have antioxidant effects
Apples are rich in essential antioxidants, phytonutrients, and flavonoids. They may reduce your risk of hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes. All run in my family; unfortunately, as is why I try to juice a couple of organic apples a day. So far, so good!
3. Apples may be good for digestion
As the apple peel contains lots of dietary fiber, when eaten, they aid with digestion and bowel movements and also can help in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels.
Always Opt for organic when buying Apples. The skin is thin!
4. Apples may help maintain a healthy nervous system
Several B complex vitamins found in apples play a key role in maintaining red blood cells and cells of the nervous system.
5. Apples may help fight against cancer
Apples have high levels of flavonols, a compound that is thought to have cellular anti-growth properties and has been linked to a reduced risk of developing several types of cancers. Including breast, colon, and pancreatic cancer.
6. Apples got you covered with the C
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, naturally occurring in apples. Vitamin C has been shown to block toxic free radicals and also increase the body's resistance in infection.
7. Apples may improve your memory
Consuming apple juice has been shown to increase the levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, an important chemical for the functioning f the brain, improving memory. It may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, another ugly disease that has shown its face in our family.
8. Apples may keep the dentist away
Eating an apple can improve oral health. Eating an apple stimulates your mouth to produce more saliva; this decreases the level of bacteria in your mouth and can reduce the risk of tooth decay.
9. Apples may improve neurological health
Quercetin is one of the many antioxidants found in apples, which has been found to reduce inflammation and cell death in the brain leading to a healthier mind.
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