Does an Apple a day really keep the Doctor Away?
"An apple a day keeps the doctor away." We're all familiar with the old proverb from our school days, but does it hold any truth? What are the health benefits associated with eating the common apple? We investigated...
They boost your immune system
A single apple provides roughly 10% of your daily recommended allowance for vitamin C. A raw apple, weighing 138 grams with skin, provides 6.3 milligrams of vitamin C, or ascorbic acid.
They Fight Cancerous Cells
Apples are full of anti-inflammatory, anti-mutagenic and anti-proliferative qualities and flavonoids. They therefore have the potential to lower the risk of pancreatic cancer.
They're good for your brain
Evidence suggests that apples promote acetylcholine production, which communicates between nerve cells, so apples may help your memory and lower your chances of developing Alzheimer's.
Did you know? Apples contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol and are a good source of fibre.
They Detoxify your liver
Your liver is responsible for ridding your body of toxins. There are many questionable fad diets out there which are unlikely to work. Instead,you can eat an apple a day to help detoxify your liver and keep you feeling full.
They're a low calorie snack
An apple has only 50-80 calories and has no fat or sodium.
They reduce cholesterol
The soluble fibre found in apples binds with fats in the intestine, which translates into lower cholesterol levels and a healthier you.
They make your teeth whiter and healthier
Don't stop brushing your teeth just yet, but it's true, chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria.