MORE ABOUT “AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY”
An apple a day can reduce high blood pressure, many types of cancer and the risk of diabetes, but can eating this forbidden fruit spare you getting sick and needing the doctor? Studies show the health benefits of eating apples on regular basis, but not all ailments can be cured by diet only.
Other fruits are as good for your health as apples and loaded with nutrients; bananas are filled with potassium that is important for the heart and muscle health. Cranberries and blueberries help fight infections of the urinary tract. Fresh and dried apricots are rich in beta carotene.
Pomegranate juice and purple grape juice are rich in antioxidants. Still, apples are incredibly healthy due to the amount of fiber contained, but sorrowfully it is lost during juicing. Unlike many vegetables and fruits, recent studies revealed that the apples’ benefits remain relatively stable for nearly a year after harvesting.
Apart from the importance of apples for your health, nutritionists recommend a versatile diet with a variety of berries, tropical fruits like mangos and of course citrus fruits. Several servings of varied fruits are actually the best way to keep the doctor away.
It is important to know that eating the whole apple is much healthier than apple juice because a good part of the nutrients are lost in juicing; also the skin is very healthy, so do not remove it. To protect yourself from several forms of cancer and cardiovascular disease, you need to include seven servings or more of vegetables and fruits everyday and particularly apples.
Researchers suggest that phytochemicals- found mainly in the apples’ skin- can provide significantly the antioxidant and anticancer properties. The collective activity of these phytochemicals has benefits that outweigh those contained in single compounds like vitamin C and vitamin E known for their antioxidant properties.