Health benefits of apples

Staff Correspondent | Published: 20:31 pm, 06 Jan 2017, Fri

Health benefits of apples

A collection of research studies suggests that apples may well be one of the healthiest foods for you to include in your daily diet. Let's take a look at the possible health benefits suggested by them. Improving neurological health: A 2006 study published in the journal Experimental Biology and Medicine found that quercetin (antioxidant found abundantly in apples) was one of two compounds that helped to reduce cellular death that is caused by oxidation and inflammation of neurons. Preventing dementia: A study published in the Journal of Food Science suggested that including apples in your daily diet may play an important role in reducing the risk of neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. Reducing risk of stroke: A study involving 9,208 men and women showed that those who ate the most apples over a 28 year period had the lowest risk for stroke. The researchers concluded that the intake of apples is related to a decreased risk of thrombotic stroke. Lowering levels of bad cholesterol: A group of researchers at The Florida State University stated that apples are a "miracle fruit". They found that older women who ate apples everyday had 23% less bad cholesterol (LDL) and 4% more good cholesterol (HDL) after just six months. Reducing risk of diabetes: Apples could also help lower risk of diabetes. A study involving 187,382 people found that people who ate three servings per week of apples, grapes, raisins or pears had a 7% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those who did not.