In “The Healing Power” series we explore the nutritive properties of specific types of foods. You might not consider the benefits (or detriments) of the foods you put into your body everyday, but whole foods have a powerful impact on the overall health of your entire system. Today, we explore the healing power of apples.
Apple: The sweet, pomaceous fruit of a deciduous tree in the rose family. Throughout history, apples have been the symbol of fertility and forbidden fruit. These days most people view it as a healthy treat. Apples are a good source of fiber, and can help control hunger.
Nutrients: Apples provide about 10% of the daily RDA of vitamin C, and they’re a good source of fiber. They also contain high amounts of polyphenols (especially in the skin), which are powerful antioxidants.
- With high concentrations of polyphenols, apples can reduce inflammation in the body. This includes inflammation from asthma, heart disease, and diabetes.
- A particular polyphenol exclusive to apples called phloridzin was shown to improve blood glucose levels and lipid metabolism in diabetic rats.
- Apple consumption has been linked to decreased incidence of stroke.
- Apple polyphenols increased the lifespan of specific types of yeast, worms, and fruit flies.
- Regular apple consumption has been associated with cardiovascular benefits.
- The pectin fiber in apples is especially filling, which can aid in weight loss.
- Apple polyphenols have been shown to decrease visceral fat in human studies.
- The polyphenols found in apples are mutagenic, blocking the formation of cancerous tumors.
The next time you eat an apple, remind yourself of how much good it does for your body!
- Wikipedia – Apple
- Life Extension Magazine – Apple Polyphenols and Longevity
- Live Science – Apples: Health Benefits, Risks & Nutrition Facts
- NCBI – Plant polyphenols as dietary antioxidants in human health and disease
- HuffPost – An Apple a Day Melts the Pounds Away!
- WHFoods.org – Apples
- UC Davis – Apples offer some surprising health benefits