3 Incredible Health Benefits of Apples

Did you know there are more than 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the U.S and more than 7,500 varieties of apples grown around the world?! The varieties of apples range from tender to crisp and sweet to tart. October is National Apple Month which makes sense as it’s when most apples are in season and apple picking is the perfect fall activity. Not only are they delicious, apples provide essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that help to protect from chronic diseases. Before you read any further, go ahead fix yourself a warm cup of apple cider and light an apple cinnamon scented candle. Done? Good, now read on to learn about the many health benefits of apples.

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Boost Your Immune System: We’ve all heard the saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Did you ever wonder why that is? What’s so special about apples that they can actually help boost your immune system? According to Reader’s Digest Best Health, “red apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin. Recent studies have found that quercetin can help boost and fortify your immune system, especially when you’re stressed out.”

Aid in Weight Loss: Apples not only can satisfy a sweet tooth, but they also help satisfy hunger. EatingWell shared that “Florida State University researchers think apples’ antioxidants and pectin (a type of fiber) are responsible for the benefits—and think that fresh apples would be even more effective.” If you’re trying to lose weight, grab an apple for an afternoon or late night snack instead of junk food and opt for no sugar added apple juice in the place of soda.

Prevent Heart Attacks and High Cholesterol: Of course, nothing is a 100% guarantee to prevent things such as heart attacks, there are measures you can take to help decrease your odds. Any decrease in chances is enough for us to give it a try! Prevention reports that researchers at The Ohio State University did a study on 51 healthy people giving a third of the group an apple a day, another third a supplement derived from apples, and the last group was given a placebo. The results were undeniable. “Eating an apple a day lowered blood oxidation of LDL (or “bad” cholesterol) in the blood by 40% compared to people on the placebo. Supplement users also had lower levels, but not as significant as apple eaters. And lowering LDL is key, of course, because high levels can lead to atherosclerosis, a hardening of the arteries that can cause heart attack or stroke.”

With over 7,500 types of apples in the world, there are many varieties to choose from. Tell us what your favorite type of apple is in the comments below! 

Ashley Purnell

Ashley Purnell

Director of Corporate Social Media
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