An apple is a very nutritious fruit containing a lot of vitamins and minerals with several impressive health benefits which qualifies it as part of one’s daily diet.
It is packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber that help to regulate normal blood glucose, fight digestive problems of different types and promote appetite; these are just but a few to mention among other benefits this fruit adds to human health. Below are some of its benefits on human health
Improves Cardiovascular Health
Apple has the content of soluble fibre which has the characteristics of lowering high level of bad cholesterol in the blood caused by high fatty foods and improving general cardiovascular health.
Results from scientific studies showed that eating an apple on daily basis helps to reduce arterial plaque, lower LDL, balance sugar level and thwart other illnesses associated with the heart.
Generally, the presence of high potassium content and epicatechin, an antioxidant flavonoid helps to improve heart health.
Enhances Metabolism of The Body
Apple contains soluble fiber which makes it a strong anti-oxidizing agent that enhances the metabolism of the body.
It is good to eat apple regularly because it is a natural metabolism booster but more effective in the morning as it will fasten the speed during morning hours.
The presence of iron in green apple fruit also helps in the process of metabolism and quick absorption of oxygen in the body.
Boron is a trace of mineral in an apple that also helps the body to metabolize appropriately and make use of other vital nutrients.
Helps to Detoxify the Liver
Green apple fruit helps to detoxify the liver by removing some harmful toxins; it contains active detoxification properties which make it very effective for cleansing the liver.
Drinking the apple cider vinegar with water daily is a natural remedy that contributes greatly just as apple fruit does to protect liver problems by eliminating harmful toxins from the liver.
Reduces Digestive Problems
Eating of green apples can help to reduce digestive tract diseases. Apple fruits are rich in fiber which helps to maintain a healthy gut.
Also, they contain essential minerals and vitamins such as folate, phosphorus, vitamins A and C that all contribute to maintaining a healthy digestive system and good functioning of the intestine.
Reduces Blood Cholesterol
Some important properties contained in apple which are linked to cholesterol reduction are epicatechin, a plant flavonoid; polyphenol which is a strong antioxidant and pectin. Both contents help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Scientific studies carried out to compare a cholesterol moderating drug, statin and an apple showed that Apple is more effective in reducing bad cholesterol which causes serious heart problems.
Taking just an apple per day regulates cholesterol level in the body which can lead to the risk of stroke and related other heart problems when not controlled.
Enhances Low Appetite
Apple contains organic acids that help to control human appetite; therefore, people who suffer from low appetite can use the green apple fruits to boost their appetite.
Reduces the Risk of Asthma Attack
Apple fruit contains an important flavonoid compound on the skin known as quercetin, which helps to reduce the tendency of an asthma attack in the human body.
Other pronounced antioxidant properties that are contained in apple also help in playing this role and getting rid of oxidative damages in the lungs.
Other important compounds in apple fruit are quercetin, catechin, and chlorogenic acid which are all flavonoids with potent antioxidant actions such as fighting sicknesses like certain allergies also helps in body pain reduction.
Lowers the Risk of Diabetes
Apple fruit helps to prevent the risk of type 2 diabetes which is caused by beta cells insulin damage due to the presence of a soluble fibre that stops the blood sugar spike.
Polyphenol, an essential plant compound that plays a key role of antioxidant in preventing tissue damage to beta cells is contained in apple. It helps to inhibit the risk of type 2 diabetes by averting such damage that leads to the case.
Contains Properties that Help to Prevent Cancer
Apple has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant substances that help to fight the development of cancerous diseases in the body.
Studies supported by the American Association of Cancer Research proved that the flavonoid and triterpenoids compounds in apple play a key role in frustrating the growth of pancreatic cancer and other tumors in the human body.
Maintains Proper Bone Health
Apple is one of the major fruits considered the powerhouse for bone health due to the presence of vitamin C, potassium, fiber and calcium which are bone nutrient density.
Another bone building phytonutrient in apple is phloridzin, a naturally occurring plant compound in an apple that helps to prevent induced bone loss and play other potential roles in the body.
Helps in Boosting Brain Health
Antioxidants play numerous roles in overall human health which one of them is boosting the brain health. Apple is rich in antioxidants and these properties make it very good for brain health.
This fact has been supported by several scientific studies which proved that eating apple fruits prevent certain conditions that affect the neurons in the human brain such as Alzheimer’s.
Juice contained in apple fruit helps to lessen mental decline as well as protects a neurotransmitter in the human brain called acetylcholine which tends to have age-related function reduction.
Vitamin C is one of the major properties in green apple fruit which is an essential dietary nutrient that performs many vital functions in the body system.
Eating one apple per day is a daily recommendation by nutritionists and health practitioners because it helps to flush out toxins in the body and other numerous benefits it provides. This follows a saying that “one apple a day keeps the doctor away”
Apple plays many important roles in the human body which should make it a part of our daily diets as it plays lots of uncountable health benefits. Adding to the ones mentioned above, apple helps to prevent a swollen canal in the anus, in other words, called haemorrhoids or piles.
English apple has different varieties such as the green apples, red sweet apples, yellow, yellow and pink. These colors on apple pigments are just the natural coloring that develop as apples grow.
The taste of all these varieties of apple remains the same just as the benefit they offer to man’s health and lifestyle in spite of the colors.
Apple is one of the most consumed fruit in the world today, cultivated in most parts of the world. Green apples which originated in Australia are today grown in most part of the world including the East African countries including Kenya.
Apple fruit is generally healthy and safe to eat for all ages. There are no side effects attached to the eating of this fruit. But the warning is that the seeds should not be consumed excessively either by mistake or otherwise as they contain cyanide. Cyanide is a chemical compound that can be extremely toxic to human health and when eaten in excess can cause harmful damage to human health.
Apples do well in Kenyan soils particularly in colder areas. Contact us for seedlings and more information.