Why an apple a day keeps the doctor away
Sure an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but do you really know why? Well, for one, apples contain quercetin, a flavanoid and pectin. Flavanoids are known for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, while pectin is a soluble fiber, which not only fills you up but keeps you regular. Together, they’re responsible for the amazing health benefits of apples. But that’s not all. “Apples are a wonderful, portable food,” says Seattle-based registered dietitian Ginger Hultin, RDN, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and owner of ChampagneNutrition. Eat one every day and see all the powerful ways this fruit can boost your health. Want to amp up the effects with some fun physical exercise? Pick your own—here are the best places to go apple picking in every state.
Health Benefits: Apples may fight Alzheimer’s disease
Quercetin is a powerful antioxidant that may protect brain cells from dementia in old age, at least according to studies done on mice. A study published in the journal Neuropharmacology found that giving mice bred to develop Alzheimer’s disease the equivalent of two cups of apple juice a day helped boost their cognitive abilities. They also found that apple juice protected brain cells from oxidative stress, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s. So grab a glass of apple juice and then see the things neurologists do to protect themselves against Alzheimer’s disease.