There is an old proverb that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and researchers say we can benefit from the wisdom of our predecessors. Apart from the fact that this saying rhymes making it easy to recall, is it really true? Can an apple daily help us keep our bodies healthy? This saying was first printed in 1866 and it is quoted until now, which means there is at least some truth about it.
To discuss if this proverb is right or not, we have to consider the apple’s components and how they can affect our health.
Pectin: It is a soluble fiber that can lower glucose levels and blood pressure as well as the bad cholesterol in our bodies (LDL). Like the other forms of fiber, pectin helps keep the digestive system healthy, and apples are a very good source of pectin.
Boron: It is a nutrient found in apples, which supports a healthy brain and strong bones.
Quercetin: This nutrient is promising for reducing the risk of different cancers such as breast and lungs cancers, and it can also neutralize the free radical damage implicated in various age- related diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Vitamin C: It is a vitamin that helps maintain overall health and boosts immunity.
Phytonutrients: There are various phytonutrients in apples such as vitamins E and A in addition to beta carotene, all of which fight free radical damage and reduce the risk of diabetes, asthma and heart disease. Furthermore, apples can act like a toothbrush, killing bacteria in the mouth and reducing the risk of tooth decay.
Apples are also low in calories, which is a trademark of healthy food, in addition to being affordable and available. With this information, you can say apples are truly beneficial, but next time we will discuss if eating apples on regular basis really means we will never get sick.