You may roll your eyes at the old saying, but apples have big health benefits that we should all be taking advantage of. Apples are one of the most widely available fruit globally, and over time, many different cultures have prized them for their health and medicinal properties. Could this popular supermarket fruit actually be the world’s most overlooked superfood?
Here are a few reasons why you may want to take a second look at apples and add more of them to your diet each week:
1. They fight cancer
It’s true… there are studies out there that prove that the nutrients in apples protect against many different types of cancer, such as breast, prostate, colon, lung and ovarian cancers.
2. They make your lungs work better.
Apples are chock full of antioxidants that are invaluable in preventing lung damage that results from chronic lung conditions such as bronchitis, emphysema and asthma. In fact, one study showed that pregnant women who ate a significant amount of apples were able to reduce their unborn children’s risk of asthma up to age 5.
3. Apples burn fat and help you lose weight.
This may sound too good to be true, but it isn’t. Apples have soluble fiber that makes you feel full, as well as ursolic acid which is a natural compound that encourages fat burning. Studies have shown that those who ate 3 or more apples a day and were on a weight loss diet lost more weight than those on a weight loss diet but did not eat apples.
4. Apples can make you smarter.
The rich nutrients in apples can protect your brain against damage from oxidation. Oxidative damage is a big factor when it comes to degenerative neurological diseases like dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Some studies have noted that Alzheimer’s patients whose disease progression was moderate to severe, showed a significant improvement in their symptoms when drinking a mere 8 oz of apple juice a day. Apples contain a special substance called quercetin that is known to provide protection for the brain.
So as you can see, apples pack a big punch in a small package. Why not make them a daily part of your diet? You may just keep the doctor away.