An apple a day really does keep the doctor away
Did you know that apples can reduce the levels of oral bacteria? Biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva and this is good for your mouth. However, they not only keep doctors away but also Alzheimer’s disease. Apples contain certain vitamins and minerals that stimulate your brain, help focus and improve your memory.
According to a recent study, women who eat apples every day are 30 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who don’t eat apples at all – and that’s because they contain soluble fiber that can improve your blood sugar levels. “Soluble fiber changes the personality of immune cells — they go from being pro-inflammatory, angry cells to anti-inflammatory, healing cells that help us recover faster from infection,” said Gregory Freund, a professor in the University of Illinois College of Medicine.
“Apples are a source of both types of fiber (insoluble and soluble). This helps stool move through the gut and bulks stool as well. Furthermore, apples have two main phytochemicals — pectin and quercetin, which are beneficial. Pectin helps stool gel in the intestines and may help lower LDL [bad] cholesterol. Quercetin is an antioxidant that may help cells protect themselves against damaging free radicals (cell damage is linked to everything from aging to cancer),” said Monica Auslander Moreno, MS, RD, LD/N, a nutrition consultant for RSP Nutrition.