| Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Miss Lifeguards friend and Organic Apple
Apples are Really Good For You!
Eating fresh apples is always good for you, but to get the full
nutritional benefits associated with eating apples you should eat at
least one fresh apple every day.
Whole-body Health Benefits
Lower blood cholesterol, improved bowel function, reduced risk of
stroke, prostate cancer, type II diabetes and asthma.
The disease-fighting profile of apples provides a multitude of health
benefits, including a potential decreased risk of cancer and heart
disease. Several recent studies suggest apples may provide a
"whole-body" health benefit.
Apples Reduce Heart Disease, Metabolic Risk
SAN DIEGO, April 9, 2008 (UPI) -- Adult apple-product consumers had
a 27 percent decreased likelihood of having metabolic syndrome when
compared to non-consumers, a U.S. study found.
Colon Cancer Prevention
There's more good news when it comes to eating healthy apples and
apple products! New research suggests that both apple pectin and apple
juice extracts may enhance the body's ability to protect from colon
cancer. German researchers found that components of apples and apple
juice react in the colon and help to slow the growth of precancerous
and tumor cells. The study is published in the scientific journal, Nutrition (April 2008).
Over the past four years, apple consumption has been linked with
reduced cancer risk in several studies. A 2001 Mayo Clinic study
indicated that quercetin, a flavonoid abundant in apples, helps prevent
the growth of prostate cancer cells. A Cornell University study
indicated phytochemicals in the skin of an apple inhibited the
reproduction of colon cancer cells by 43 percent. The National Cancer
Institute has reported that foods containing flavonoids like those
found in apples may reduce the risk of lung cancer by as much as 50
Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention
A Finnish study published in 1996 showed that people who eat a diet
rich in flavonoids have a lower incidence of heart disease. Other
studies indicate that flavonoids may help prevent strokes.
Apples are a delicious source of dietary fiber, and dietary fiber
helps aid digestion and promotes weight loss. A medium apple contains
about five grams of fiber, more than most cereals. Also, apples contain
almost zero fat and cholesterol, so they are a delicious snack and
dessert food that's good for you.