Why an apple a day keeps the doctor away (really)Published In: 14 Oct 2016
There is truth behind the popular saying! Here are 8 beneficial properties of the apple proving that our grandparents have always been right!
Everyone knows the famous proverb "an apple a day keeps the doctor away", but not everyone knows that this phrase has some truth. In addition to having a very strong symbolic value, this fruit of the Rosaceae family (apple Malus communis ) can be considered as a true natural drug, able to provide an effective remedy against many disorders.
Here are 8 beneficial properties of the apple that will make you appreciate them even more!
It helps in weight loss
The apple is a poor combo of protein and fat: in 100 grams of apple there are roughly between 35 and 40 calories for a price of just 10 grams of sugar. The presence of vitamin B1 and B2 is a valid antagonist against fatigue, nervousness and stress, also helping to strengthen the intestinal mucosa and aid digestion. The big apple is a powerful slimmer and also has the ability to regulate the absorption of sugar while keeping your blood sugar under control. For this reason it is one of the most appreciated fruits by diabetics.
Regularizes the bowel
Usually we tend to prefer the apple eaten raw, but when this fruit is cooked increases its beneficial properties; it becomes a natural remedy for constipation and bloating. Being easily digestible, doctors and specialists point out that regular consumption of apples has an astringent effect and helps cleanse the intestines of bacteria in the body.
It protects the bones
Apples contain a flavonoid (a compound derived from hydrocarbons typical of some classes of plants) called florentina which is much used as a contrast to the onset of osteoporosis in females post menopause. Drinking apple juice concentrate once a day helps in the general protection of bones to the high presence of calcium in the fruit.
It helps asthmatics
Recent studies have confirmed that children who take on Apple or its derivatives, such as juice every day may see reduced asthmatic episodes both in frequency and intensity. Pregnant women who provide a daily intake of apples in their diet have a lower possibility of having children who suffer from problems related to asthma.
It helps prevent cancer
There are now numerous international studies that claim that eating an apple a day reduces chances of getting cancer y by 50%. The oligosaccharides contained in this fruit are able to prevent the development of cancer cells that cause lung, breast and liver cancer. Some even claim that they are able to kill cancer cells in the body!
The pectin contained in apples can keep the level of bad cholesterol present in our body in check. Thanks to the many fibers making up, Apple helps reduce the cholesterol level in the blood thus preventing stroke and heart disease.
The apple contains quercetin, a substance that helps protect brain cells from free radicals that cause the onset of this disease
Tightens the skin
The apple is also important in terms of aesthetics: dabbing the skin daily with the fresh apple juice, supplemented with a more acidic substance such as lemon, helps to brighten and cleanse the skin, as well as to effectively preventing the formation of wrinkles. Creating an apple-based mask can be an effective aid for problem skin dryness and premature aging.
Here's how to get a do-it-yourself apple skin cream:
- 2 tablespoons of acacia honey
- 1 apple
- Remove the apple’s skin and slice the apple
- Put it in the blender with the honey and mix well
- Apply it all over your face, being careful not to put it on the eyes and mouth
Leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Your skin will immediately more toned, purified and radiant!
An apple a day really can be the natural solution for your problems.