Nutrition Article: Yes an apple a day really does keep the doctor away!
By Dr. Joe Kasper
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Donít believe it? Iíll prove it. Apples canít guarantee youíll never see a doctor again, but they're incredibly healthy for you in many ways: Lots of fiber, vitamins, healthy sugars, minerals, and a whole lot more.
Apples contain Quercetin, a flavonoid that has demonstrated in scientific studies to prevent the growth of prostate cancer cells. Guys careful pay attention!
Studies also show that the phytochemicals in the skin of an apple blocked the reproduction of cancer cells. Even the National Cancer Institute agrees that apples can reduce the risk of lung cancer.
Thereís a lot of talk about taking antioxidant supplements. But I question whether itís necessary, because if you eat the right foods, like apples, for example, now you have the real deal, plus itís delicious and affordable! Remember cancer and heart disease, and many other conditions, are in part caused by damage to the cells and DNA by oxidation.
Apples have a super high concentration of what scientists call phenolic compounds; a biochemical active substance belonging to the flavonoid group. There are thousands of them and they are all good for you.
Apples are Number 1! When compared to all other fruits, apples have the highest portion of free phenolics (one of the antioxidants in apples) and by free, I mean that they are not attached to other compounds in the fruit, making them more available for absorption into your bloodstream and providing your body with real nutrients.
Apples have also been linked to lowering levels of asthma and diabetes. This could be a direct correlation with the pectin contained in an apple, which is a valuable source of soluble fiber, which balances sugar levels.
And I almost forgot to mention that apples possess the minerals boron and calcium, which are important in building bone. A tasty way to fight osteoporosis and arthritis.
I personally eat 2 apples everyday (Iím eating one as I write this). I highly recommend that you do as well!
Now you know why an apple a day will keep the doctor away!
Dr. Joe Kasper
PS: If at all possible go with organic Apples. Eating food without poisons will provide you with the most amounts of nutrients and antioxidants. Not a surprise!
PPS: Enjoy ďTasty Tuesdays ďvideo on apples and share it with the world, www.FireYourDiet.com.
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