5 Hidden Medicinal Benefits of Apples

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By Gina C. | Updated: Oct 26, 2021

5 Hidden Medicinal Benefits of Apples

Apples, those sweet fruits that you have loved since childhood, are conveniently beneficial for so many things. There must be some hidden reason why apples are such a forbidden fruit. There are many healthful reasons explaining their irresistible nature throughout history. Red, green, yellow - any apple will do to boost your well-being!

1. Aid Weight Loss

Did you know?

Apples ripen about eight times faster at room temperature than they do in the refrigerator.

Fiber is extremely important for keeping in shape. Most people do not get enough fiber throughout the day. An apple provide one-fifth of your daily fiber need. They contain pectin in particular, a type of soluble fiber that keeps you full much longer1.

Eating an apple before a meal will crowd your belly with nutrients so that you are too full to eat foods that will turn to fat2. The fiber can also work by binding with fatty foods in the stomach, thereby helping to release them from your system. This will lower your cholesterol and curb weight gain. Overall, they get things moving. After filling you and helping draw out fat from the stomach, they are then easily digested and eliminated from the body.

2. Help Clean your Teeth

Apples promote saliva production, which prevents plaque from forming3. Plaque is what becomes stained, making your teeth yellow and ultimately decayed without proper hygiene. They also have an abrasive texture, similar to a toothbrush, which works as a scrub for your teeth as you chomp down. All of these factors contribute to a white smile. Though apples can "brush your teeth" in a pinch, it is still recommended to clean your teeth with toothpaste and a toothbrush after every meal when possible.

3. Boost Immunity

The abundance of antioxidants and other nutrients found in apples, such as flavonoids (mainly quercetin), and triterpenoids, are now known to provide a mild boost to the immune system, strong enough to keep you from falling pray to the passing cold viruses that often plague autumn gatherings. These compounds are found primarily in the skin, so make sure you do not peel your apples!

4. Preserve Memory

Studies have found that apples slow down the aging process of the brain4. This delightful fruit heightens the levels of neurotransmitters responsible for retaining memory health. Alzheimer's disease can be largely avoided by eating an apple every day. If you are feeling forgetful, you know what to do.

5. Support Liver Function

The liver is responsible for cleansing out toxins. In this culture, we fill ourselves with a lot of toxins, whether it is indirectly from environmental pollutants, or directly through excessive alcohol and artificially flavored foods. This can be a lot for the liver to take on and often results in liver damage. Apples are rich in quercetin, a powerful antioxidant flavonoid that helps detoxify the body, thereby making it easier on your liver5,6.

Apples have become very prevalent, and with good reason. All the hidden medicinal benefits make apples an excellent daily snack or an addition to meals. With so many varieties to choose from, there's no reason not to partake in the health benefits they provide.

Sources

  • Nutrients, Quercetin, Inflammation and Immunity, 2016
  • Nutrition Today, Evidence-Based Approach to Fiber Supplements and Clinically Meaningful Health Benefits, Part 2, 2015
  • University of Otago, Otago study suggests many apples a day keep the blues at bay, 2013
  • Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Polyphenols and gastrointestinal diseases, 2016

Footnotes:

  1. Gastroenterology. (1988). Pectin delays gastric emptying and increases satiety in obese subjects. Retrieved October 26, 2021, from: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3169489/
  2. International Journal of Preventive Medicine. (2011). Effects of Apple Consumption on Lipid Profile of Hyperlipidemic and Overweight Men. Retrieved October 26, 2021, from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3093779/
  3. Indian Journal of Health Sciences and Biomedical Research KLEU. (2015). Formulation and evalution of new polyherbal toothpaste for oral care. Retrieved October 26, 2021, from: https://www.ijournalhs.org/article.asp?issn=2542-6214;year=2015;volume=8;issue=1;spage=24;epage=27;aulast=Abhay
  4. Basic and Clinical Neuroscience. (2016). Polyphenolic Antioxidants and Neuronal Regeneration. Retrieved October 26, 2021,from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4892323/
  5. Free Radical Biology & Medicine. (2017). Protective effect of quercetin on high-fat diet-induced non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in mice is mediated by modulating intestinal microbiota imbalance and related gut-liver axis activation. Retrieved October 26, 2021,from: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27890642/  
  6. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. (2010). Hepatoprotective effects of apple polyphenols on CCl4-induced acute liver damage in mice. Retrieved October 26, 2021, from: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf903070a