We've all heard the oh so famous quote "An apple a day, keeps the doctor away" and I'm not saying that if you live on a diet of apples you'll never have to visit the white walls of the doctors surgery again, but I thought I'd share with you how it can contribute to a healthier (illness free) life.
Helps Balance Blood Sugar Levels: the antioxidants and fructose in the apples help to slow the speed at which the sugar is absorbed in the bloodstream and this prevents blood sugar imbalance which in turn helps to prevent irritability, anxiety, depression, poor concentration, cravings for sweet foods and excessive thirst.
Tackles Diarrhoea and Constipation: apples contain pectin which can work as a base or an acid (which is known as having an amphoteric action bit of chemistry for you there folks) and this means that it can contribute to relief from both constipation and diarrhoea
Helps Strengthen Bones: apple skin contains phlorizin which can help to prevent bone loss associated with menopause due to its inflammation fighting properties and as it fights free-radical production and strengthening your bones will reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Helps Lower Cholesterol: pectin and other components helps to lower the amount of LDL (unhealthy fats - low density lipoproteins as opposed to HDL) and slow down it's oxidation which helps to prevent the hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Benefits of low cholesterol include the lowered risk of strokes and heart attacks.
Comment below if you like this style of post and would like to know the benefits of other foods (and what foods in particular!)
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