An apple a day can actually keep the doctor away! Apples are filled with disease-fighting nutrients such as antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C. These nutrients work together to decrease the risk of disease, boost brain functioning, improve heart health, support blood sugar levels, reduce cancer risk and decrease asthma symptoms. This flavorful fruit provides an easy-to-pack snack and is great for satisfying a sweet tooth.
Rich in Nutrients
Apples are a good source of pectin, a soluble fiber, that reduces water retention, supports healthy digestion and helps eliminate fatty substances, cholesterol, and toxins from the body. The combination of fiber and phytonutrients are what give apples a bushel of health benefits beyond most fruits.
Apples are rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidants, including flavonoids, quercetin, catechin, procyanidins, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid.
A decent source of free-radical fighting vitamin C, apples are helpful for brain, immune, eye and skin health.
Core Health Benefits
Decreases Disease Risk
The complex combination of nutrients in apples helps decrease the risk of chronic disease.
Boosts Brain Health
Apples have been found to protect cells against oxidative stress-induced neurotoxicity and may help reduce the risk of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Improves Heart Health
Pectin, a type of fiber in apples, is beneficial for lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels naturally. Apple consumption is linked to a decreased risk of stroke and a decreased risk of heart disease.
Supports Blood Sugar
The antioxidants in apples have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, which supports blood sugar levels, reduces the risk of diabetes and can support fat loss (especially belly fat).
Decreases Cancer Risk
Apples have a number of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimutagenic, and anti proliferative properties that help reduce the risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer.
Decreases Asthma Symptoms
Apples have been associated with a decreased risk of asthma and bronchial hypersensitivity.
How To Enjoy
Apples are an easy and versatile addition to meals and snacks. They’re delicious raw, baked, caramelized, grilled, poached, sautéed and even stewed. The sweet flavor of apples goes particularly well with cinnamon, which is beneficial for stabilizing blood sugar, stimulating circulation and decreasing inflammation. Always enjoy apples with the peel for maximum health benefits.
Select organic apples that are shiny, firm and free of bruises. Try different varieties to mix it up. Avoid cutting apples until just before enjoying to prevent oxidation. Apples will stay fresh for up to 3 weeks in the fridge.
Wellness Coach, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner,