4 Unexpected Health Benefits Of Apples

Julia Little  |  October 16, 2014

Though "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" sounds like nothing more than an old adage, many studies have actually proved it is more than just a saying. Consider these four unexpected benefits of apples.

  1. It regulates stomach bacteria
    Washington University researchers recently discovered that apples, particularly Granny Smith apples, protect against obesity. The study authors found that the fall fruit helps balance gut bacteria, which largely controls weight. This bacteria also can boost people's immune systems. So, if you're afraid of experiencing poor senior living by contracting the common cold, bite into an apple. The researchers tested out several different types of apples and discovered that Granny Smiths had the most beneficial effects.
  2. It prevents cancer
    Several studies have uncovered that apples contain a few helpful antioxidants. These are a great nutrient to indulge in, as antioxidants can help ward off several conditions, including cancer. Researchers from the American Association of Cancer Research discovered that apples, which are rich in flavonoids, can reduce the risk of getting pancreatic cancer by nearly 23 percent, Eating Well noted. Other studies revealed that the nutrients that sit inside apple skins fight against cancer too.
  3. It helps you breathe
    Research has also proven that apples help you breathe better. Study authors from St. George's Medical School discovered that apple skin contains a healthy antioxidant called quercetin. This substance can help your lungs fight off pollutants. The researchers noted that participants who ate an apple a day for five days had better lung health than participants who didn't. If you live in a city or in a retirement community in a metropolitan area, sinking your teeth into an apple may be a good idea.
  4. Apples prevent stroke
    Wageningen University researchers revealed that both apples and pears can help reduce your chance of stroke by up to 52 percent. Apples contain phytochemicals, a compound found in some plants that reduces stroke risk. The researchers used more than 20,000 adults to test it out in the study that spanned 10 years. They concluded that eating a white fruit daily, such as a pear or apple, can lower the chances of having a stroke.

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