Health Benefits of Apple

ID-100140646Apple is the most commonly eaten fruit in the world, as apple production is largest among all fruits in the world. There are several health benefits of apple. Apple is a health fruit (as most of the fruits are) with many benefits and apple has the following health benefits:

  1. Apple contains large quantities of vitamins and minerals, which can strengthen immune system of our body. Vitamins and minerals are the essential components of our immune system and they are also required in routine body function.
  2. Apple is very rich in antioxidants like, flavonoid, polyphenols etc. which are mainly present in the skin of apple. 100 gram of whole apple (including skin) can provide antioxidant which is equivalent to the antioxidant effect of 1500 mg of vitamin C. Antioxidants are the most effective fighter against development of cancer in humans.
  3. The tartaric acid and malic acid that are present in apple in high amount can help in preventing liver problems and digestion problems.
  4. Eating of at least one apple a day can help in controlling blood cholesterol level to normal limit. By keeping blood cholesterol level under control, apples can prevent many heart diseases from emerging and keep us healthy.
  5. Apple cider vinegar as non alcoholic beverage, as used by many people, is reported to reduce kidney stone formation if consumed on a regular basis.
  6. Apple contains high fiber content which can help in preventing constipation in the Western people as they consume low fiber diet traditionally.
  7. Apple contains a substance known as pectin, which slows down the digestion so blood sugar level rises slowly and helps patients with diabetes. Pectin also reduces the production of cholesterol in the liver and help in reducing blood cholesterol level.

Apple is recommended by many people to be consumed regularly in large quantities for the diseases like obesity, kidney stone, headache, anemia, problems of urinary bladder, tuberculosis, insomnia, pyorrhea, halitosis (foul smelling breath), worm infestation, gall bladder stones, arthritis, neuritis etc. as apple has shown to give health benefits in these diseases. Apples are also recommended in diverticulosis of intestine. Long standing diverticulosis can lead to colon cancer in later stage.

 

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