Thursday, March 4, 2010

Health Benefits of Apples

Apart from the rich taste and pleasant look, apple is also known to give a great number of health benefits. By eating an apple a day, you can protect yourself from a great number of ailments.

The health benefits of apple includes the following:
  • Digestion: Apples being rich in fiber helps in digestion. Regular consumption of apples ensures smooth bowel movements and helps in preventing constipation and stomach disorders.
  • Anaemia: Apples are useful in treating anaemia as it is rich in iron. Anaemia is the deficiency of hemoglobin in the blood which can be increased with the intake of iron rich diet such as apples.
  • Weakness: Apples are known to remove weakness and add vigour and vitality of weak people. It is, therefore, often given to patients to help them recover fast from their illness. If you want to gain weight, apple should be a part of your diet daily. It also helps in detoxifying the body and improve the overall health.
  • Dental Care: Eating apple helps in cleaning teeth and gum. It reduces the incidence of cavities in teeth. When you eat apples, the fiber in it cleanses the teeth, while the antiviral properties of the fruit keep bacteria and virus away.
  • Heart Disease: Apple lowers the level of cholesterol and hence it is beneficial for the heart.
  • Rheumatism: Patients who are suffering from rheumatism find apples very useful as it aids in the healing process.
  • Eye Disorders: Apples are believed to make the eyes strong and improve eye-sight. It also helps in treating night blindness.
Apples also help in treating gout, and dysentery. Recent research has also revealed that apples have chemicals such as flavanoids and polyphenols which can help fight cancers. It is therefore, rightly, said - An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

When you buy apples make sure they are firm. Dont buy apples that have wrinkles as such apples would have lost most of their health benefits and nutritional value.
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