It is not the doctor who will help to get rid of the medication, but the apples. This is the conclusion of a study conducted by the United States National Institutes of Health. Eating apples daily is good for the body and prevents many diseases.
To reach this conclusion, the researchers experimented with 8,400 volunteers, 10% of whom ate apples daily. This part of the volunteers did not need almost any medication during the year (this is how long the study lasted).
According to team leader Matthew Davis of the University of Michigan School of Nursing, eating apples was not related to other indicators, such as the number of visits to the doctor.
The study also found that those who ate an apple a day smoked less and had a higher level of intelligence and education. Because apples are an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, and flavonoids, the consumption of apples is also a sign of a healthy lifestyle.
- Apples saturate the body with fluid due to their water content, which is about 80% of the total mass of these fruits.
- They are diuretics, so they remove excess fluid, prevent cramps in the feet and legs, reduce blood pressure, and all this due to the potassium content.
- Among the many vitamins that apples contain, the list is topped by vitamin E, which is known for its antioxidant properties.
- Apples help with diarrhea and constipation due to the large amount of soluble and insoluble fiber they contain. To treat constipation, eat fresh apples with peel, and to treat diarrhea drink apple juice.
Apple peel contains pectin. This fiber protects the intestinal mucosa. If you wash the apples well before eating, you do not need to peel them. So you can get the most nutrients for your digestive system. Several studies have shown that pectin plays an important role in preventing several cancers, such as colon cancer.
Some more valuable properties of apples
The secret of apples and their valuable properties – in the phytochemical elements that are part of them. They help lower blood sugar and fat. That is why apples are highly recommended for diabetics and those who have high cholesterol (at least 2 apples a day). This fruit can purify the blood.
One of the phytochemicals in apples, known as quercetin, helps prevent cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and even muscle spasms).
Apples contain tartaric and malic acids, which help the body better absorb fats. To get this effect from apples, eat them as a dessert after the main meal. They also prevent a sharp rise in blood sugar that occurs after eating.
Apples are ideal for those who are on a diet or constantly want to eat. They suppress appetite well and prevent overeating. At the same time, you can eat as many apples as you want without any restrictions, because they help to lose weight and give you a lot of energy (but they should not be the only thing you eat all day).
Apples improve mental properties because they contain sugar, which is good for the brain. Your mental abilities will improve, you will become more productive and will be able to handle more information. You will also be able to memorize more facts and show better results in almost any field.
Which apples are the most useful?
If we had to choose the most healthy apple variety, red apples would come first. This does not mean that other varieties are unhealthy, just red apples contain more antioxidants.
Since apples are quite easy to take with you, you can eat them anywhere, for example, take them as a snack to school, the office, the beach, a picnic, or wherever you go.
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