Of course, an apple a day won’t necessary keep the doctor away if you are suffering from a chronic disease, but it could definitely help you to reach that level in the future. It is amazing all the benefits found in just one single whole apple and I can’t wait to show those to you.
Recent research has shown that apple can help you regulate your blood sugar level, pretty big news for diabetics! There are several mechanisms found in apples to help prevent a spike in blood sugar. First, flavonoids found in apples can inhibit the enzymes involved in the breakdown of complex carbohydrates into simple sugar; therefore, if those enzymes are inhibit your blood sugar will have fewer simple sugars to deal with. Second, the polyphenols in apples are shown to lower the rate of glucose absorption from our digestive tract. Again, this mechanism also lessens the sugar load on your bloodstream. Additionally, the polyphenols also stimulate the beta cells of our pancreas to secrete more insulin and increase the uptake of glucose from the blood via stimulation of insulin receptors. All of these mechanisms found in apples would make it easier for you to regulate your blood sugar level.
The people suffering from cardiovascular disease could also benefit from the consumption of apple. The antioxidants in apples help to decrease the oxidation of cell membrane fats, in other words, apples could prevent atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular problems. It is also found that total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol are both decreased through daily consumption of apples.
Studies have found that apples can reduce the risk for cancer especially colon cancer and breast cancer. Surprisingly, apples possess a unique relationship with lung cancer risk reduction. It is still unknown why apples are so closely associated with reduction of lung cancer risk and further research will need to clarify the mechanisms but it is definitely clear the negative correlation between high consumption of apples and lung cancer risk reduction.
Other studies have found a connection between apple intakes and decreased risk of asthma. Again, this is an area that requires further research.
It is important to mention that if you want all the benefits from apples, it is the whole form that you will want to choose. Only this form could provide you will all the benefits. So, if you are going to the supermarket skip the juice aisle and go straight to the produce area to get your fresh apple.