Benefits of eating an apple
March 22, 2009 3:03am CST
From the mail i got, Why should we eat at least an apple a day? Not only because it is so refreshing and delicious, but also because it is laden with vitamins and nutrients that preserve our health and help our body fight and prevent multiple disorders and diseases. There are people that give away the skin of the apple, eating only the flesh, but this is a wrong thing to do, as specialists claim that the yellow, green or red skin is definitely the most nutritious. 4 milligrams of quercetin are usually found in an apple's skin and this is the major curative substance in these fruits. Quercetin is a very strong antioxidant of the flavonoids group that, besides apples, is also present in onions, wine, teas, raspberries, red grapes, oranges, lemons, cherries, green vegetables, blue-green algae and many other foods. It does not only protect against free radicals that oxidize the cells, but also block carcinogen agents in the environment, slows the development and spreading of cancer cells in our body etc. By inhibiting the producing and releasing of histamine and other allergic or inflammatory agents, quercetin is one of the main anti-inflammatory substances in the body, preventing and curing even very severe allergies or inflammations. Along with polyphenol antioxidants (lutein, lycopene, carotene, anthocyanin), flavonoids are also known as phytonutrients, as they enhance the good functioning of the immune system, fighting directly against and removing bacteria and viruses from the environment and the body. The apples also contain two types of fibers, the insoluble fiber and the soluble one, both very beneficial for our health. The insoluble fiber is known as roughage or dietary fiber, as it cannot be digested by the enzymes in our bodies and helps us lose weight by giving the sensation of having a full stomach, of having eaten enough. Also found in the skin of the apple, the insoluble fiber is a great remedy against constipation because it helps digestion and prevents other related disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis disease that may lead to colon cancer, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, hiatus hernia, gallstones etc. The soluble fibers in the apples have opposite effects as compared to the insoluble ones, as they are very helpful in treating diarrhea. These fibers are gel-like natural substances that help reduce cholesterol and therefore prevent the risk of heart and vascular diseases. One of the most known and beneficial soluble fibers in apples is pectin. Besides lowering cholesterol levels in the blood, pectin is a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agent. Eating apples is also beneficial for eyes and visual ability, preventing and curing cataracts, for lung function and respiratory disorders like asthma or bronchitis, for prostates and almost any type pf cancer.
22 Mar 09
AGREE BUT MUST BEWARE I agree with specialists claim about the yellow, green or red skin is definitely the most nutritious does contain "quercetin". That's true for the apple took from our apple tree or farm. BUT if we bought from export product, must beware because exporter applied and used "wax" to preserve it on transporting those apples. That "wax" is very harmful and I do not know what is the scientific name of that wax. It just like we enjoy hot healthy food packed in styrofoam(polystyrene) or hot drink in small plastic bag. Food is healthy, but the packing subject is harmful and able to promote cancer disease. Justly like the "wax" on the apple skin.
22 Mar 09
Hi minfas, Thank you for this discussion, there is a lot of useful information here. I knew that apples were good, but didn't know all the benefits that you have mentioned here. I especially noted the part about helping to lose weight because I once tried a diet of all apples and for I think it was four days, and was able to lose a lot of weight. I'm not sure that it is such a good idea to try it for a long time though. Blessings.