By: Rachael Braun
An apple a day really does keep the doctor — and dentist, away. Just one a day, or at least 5 a week, will help you get the full benefits of this common fruit. One apple has only 100 calories or less, 5 grams of fiber, no sodium or fat and are 5% protein. The skin contains many of the vitamins and other nutrients properties, so enjoy your apples unpeeled.
Vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants
The vitamin C in apples strengthens your immune system. Apples also contain vitamin A, potassium, and small amounts of phosphorus, iron, and calcium. The flavonoids and antioxidants contained in apples make them an even greater nutritional bargain.
Generous amounts of fiber in apples rewards your body in a number of ways. It decreases bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases the good cholesterol (HDL) level. Fiber is helpful for intestinal disorders, such as IBS. The soluble fiber may help prevent against heart disorders and diabetes. It decreases build-up in the arteries and slows sugar spikes in the bloodstream. It’s also good for weight control or loss. When you crave sweets, grab an apple instead; the fiber helps you feel full and can prevent overeating.
Quercetin, a flavonoid found in apples (and other fruits and vegetables), may possibly reduce the risk of many different types of cancers. Quercetin helps respiratory issues, like asthma, by clearing and relaxing the lungs allowing more oxygen in.
Apples help cleanse your body of toxins inside and out. They’re known to clear out heavy metals, such as lead and mercury. Staying hydrated is important, and apples quench your thirst and increase body fluids. They also neutralize free radicals.
Eating apples activate saliva, which kills up the 80% of the bacteria in your mouth, preventing tooth decay and keeping them white. Vitamin C helps with bleeding gums.
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