An apple is an edible fruit produced by an apple tree (Malus domestica). Apple trees are cultivated worldwide and are the most widely grown species in the genus malus. The tree originated in central Asia, where its wild ancestor, malus sieversii, is still found today. There are more than 7,500 varieties of these delicious fruits and they come in a variety of colors namely red, yellow, and green. The nutrition is in the flesh and skin while the inner core holds the seeds which can be harmful for your health if consumed in excess. They are water rich and energy dense fruits which helps you feel full.
Health benefits of apples that may help in keeping the doctor away are as follows:
- Improve gut health (the fiber helps in enhancing the digestive process, stimulates the gastric and digestive juices to ensure efficient uptake of nutrients, etc.)
- Help prevent cancer (moderate improvement in treating various types of cancer like lung and colon cancer)
- Good for the heart (lowers the risk of various heart ailments)
- Lower risk of diabetes (the polyphenol in apples stimulates the insulin receptors on cells throughout the body which speeds up the removal of sugar from the bloodstream)
- Weight loss (the fiber and high water content of apples increase fullness thereby reducing appetite and overeating)
- Improving dental health (eating apple helps in cleaning both teeth and gums)
- Promote brain health (increase the amount of acetylcholine in the brain which is linked to improving concentration, problem solving and memory)
- Skin and hair care (antioxidants in apples counteract the damaging effects of free radicals which are linked to premature aging, wrinkles, age spots, etc. Increase blood circulation which keeps skin looking young and tone…)
- Improve bone health (reducing inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and gout)
- Relieve symptoms of asthma (strengthen the immune system)
- Protect from NSAIDs (helps protect the stomach lining from injury from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs])
Apple side effects include:
- Poisoning – apple seeds contain cyanide, which is poisonous. Excess intake can be deadly.
- Breastfeeding and pregnancy – lactating and expecting mothers should avoid the intake of apple tea as it may harm the growing fetus.
- Medication – may interact with certain medication so talk to your doctor.
- Allergy – some people may have allergic reactions.