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7 Super Healing Powers of a Humble Apple
Everyone knows the old adage, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Well that has never been truer than it is today. Modern doctors bring with them drugs, tests, and pharmaceutical “cures” that sometimes are worse than the illness itself. It’s always the best option to use natural means to stay as healthy as possible.
Some of you might be saying to yourselves, yeah, that apple a day stuff was ok for my grandmother but there’s no real truth to that old wives tale, is there? Actually, there is. The medicinal properties in apples are well documented. The phytochemicals in apples have been studied and show benefits in many areas. There are pages and pages of research but let’s take a moment and do a quick overview of the many benefits there are to eating the humble apple.
1. Inhibits Cancer
There are many studies that show eating apples can reduce your risk of colorectal cancer. In some pre-clinical research apples have been experimentally confirmed to kill liver cancer, prevent and suppress breast cancer in animals, and overturn cancer of the esophagus, even stomach cancer.
It’s possible that apples may protect against far more cancer than what is being studied. Just one medium size apple per day was shown to have a reduction in the risk of developing cancer from between 7 per cent for prostate cancer and up to 41 per cent for cancer of the larynx.
2. Reduces Bowel Inflammation
Preclinical research shows that the procyanidins contained in apples can reduce bowel inflammation.
3. Prevents Periodontal Disease
Ever notice how right after you eat an apple your teeth and gums feel super clean? Almost squeaky clean? This is because of quercetin, which is found in tea, onions, and apples. It has antimicrobial properties that can protect your gums against bacterial infection that often leads to gum disease.
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4. Promotes Hair Growth
The procyanidin from apples can actually cause your hair to grow. Can you say an apple a day keeps hair loss away?
5. Reduces Heart Disease Risk
Just one small apple per day was shown to reduce death from heart disease in women by 43 per cent and 19 per cent for men.
6. Lower Risk of Diabetes
Those who ate one apple per day reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 28 per cent compared to those who did not eat apples.
7. Helps Lose Weight
Those who ate 1 or 2 apples daily before a meal lost 3 pounds in 10 weeks.
What you should really think about is exactly how important natural, whole foods are to our overall health. Don’t think of apples as an old fashioned medicine, but rather, as an old fashioned preventative, which is far better than having to take medicine. So the next time you eat a fresh, crunchy organic apple, really taste it, and enjoy it. Think about all the good things that lowly little apple is doing for your body.