Apples are known for there excellent source of pectin and fibers. They are high in vitamin A and C and a good source of potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus. A majority of the nutrients in apples is stored in or just under the skin, so it is important to take advantage of this and use the skin in the dishes you prepare.
There are a number of phytonutrients such as ellagic acid, malic acid, chlorogenic acid, and quercetin. There are many more phytonutrients in an apple, some yet to be discovered and named. These compounds are high in anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects.
When you eat an apple raw (not cooked) or drink of its fresh juices every day, you can expect to benefit from its numerous health benefits.
Due to the high vitamin C and anti-oxidant content asthmatics who drink apple juice daily will encounter less wheezing and asthma attacks.
Oxidative stress in the body created by strenuous work out can be eliviated by drinking apple juice after trainings by neutralizing the harmful oxidants, replenish the vitamins/minerals, reverse muscle tiredness and muscle stiffness. Be sure that the apple juice are not oxidized which will add on to the oxidative stress that is harmful to the body.
High LDL cholesterol in the body is dangerous when there is oxidative stress. The high anti-oxidant compounds in apple will help neutralize the oxidation, there-by reducing the danger of the plaque build-up and clogging of the arteries that lead to atherosclerosis.
Regularly consuming apple juice that is rich in vitamin C will retard the development of hardening of the arteries.
The high content of potassium in apple prevents loss of calcium in the blood which in turn help prevent loss of calcium in the bones. Daily eating/drinking an apple helps preserve bone density and prevent osteoporosis.
Drinking apple juice mixed with carrot juice is a sure way to ease constipation. If badly constipated, keep drinking this combination until bowel moves, and it will.
Chewing on an apple helps clean the teeth and maintain healthy gums. The anti-septic effect of apples keep bacteria and viruses away; and reduces the incidences of cavities in teeth.
Green apples are great to be consumed by diabetics for its fiber. The apple polyphenols also help prevent spikes in blood sugar with enzymes that help break down complex carbohydrates.
Apples contain a natural laxative. When drunk as juice, it helps aid bowel movements. It is most effective when mixed with carrots and spinach juices, you can expect bowel movement the next day. Regularly eating apples also will ensure bowel movements due to its gel-forming fiber, pectin. It improves the intestinal muscle’s ability to push waste through the gastrointestinal tract. Regular bowel movements mean lower chances of colon cancer.
Apple is one of the best sources of malic acid that plays an important role in improving muscle performance, reversing muscle tiredness after exercise, prevent muscle stiffness, and generally reducing lethargy and increasing energy levels. This makes it a great help for people suffering from fibromyalgia.
The high content of flavonoids quercetin, naringin and anti-oxidants in apples are effective compounds in preventing lung cancer.