An Apple a Day

Jan 28, 2009
Apple diet was once quite popular and this was partly due to the fact that apples provide numerous health benefits for those, who consume them on a regular basis. Apples are among the best foods to add to your diet when you have certain health problems.

Apples are good for your brain

According to the research conducted by the University of Massachusetts Lowell, apples and apple juice improve neurological health. Adding apples in your diet may boost your memory thanks to the essential neurotransmitter acetylcholine that is found in apples. Apples also contain the great amount of antioxidant quercetin that prevents death of brain cells. Interesting enough, animals, which were on the apple diet, showed better results on the maze tests than those who didn't have apple diet. Apples are great for those who want to stay mentally sharp till the old age and protect themselves from developing Alzheimer's disease.

Apples are good for your colon

Apples can be used in fighting constipation because apples are rich in pectin, a natural soluble fiber, which acts by absorbing water in the colon and prevents constipation. To clear the problem of constipation you may keep to an apple diet, eating 2 or 3 apples every day in the morning, or one baked apple before going to bed and in the morning. Including fresh apples in your diet is always good for overall health.

Daily consumption of apples was found to have anticarcinogenic effect. The apple pectin and apple juice may enhance the production of the compound butyrate that protects you from colorectal cancer and contributes to healthier colon mucosa.

Apples are good for your heart

An apple-rich diet is a great option for those who want to protect their heart from cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease. Apples contain flavonoids that have an antioxidant effect, lowering the oxidation of bad cholesterol and preventing you from heart disease.

Apples are good for your lungs

Smokers should pay greater attention to what they eat, including more vegetables and fruits in their diet. People, who smoke, are at increased risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The study conducted at the University of Southampton, UK found that smokers, who consumed at least 3 apples a week have better protection against this disease. For those who are going to quit smoking, an apple diet can be especially helpful. Add apples and drink green tea to restore your health after giving up smoking.