“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” – and after all these years, new studies reveal why this saying is true. Turns out the humble apple has remarkable antioxidant and disease-fighting capabilities.
Immune boosters in a group of antioxidants called flavonoids are at the center of the story, with scientists calculating that the flavonoid power in just one apple is equal to 1,500 mg of vitamin C. And aside from protecting your heart from dangerous free radicals, flavonoids raise your HDL (good cholesterol) and have a blood thinning effect, which lowers your risk of blood clots.
The results of recent research, including the Women’s Health Initiative and the Harvard Nurse’s Health studies, show that women who ate at least one apple a day were:
- 22 percent less likely to develop heart disease
- 37 percent less likely to develop lung cancer
- 20 percent less likely to develop all forms of cancer
These are impressive results. Can you imagine the hype if a single drug could provide this kind of disease protection?
So it’s worth reminding yourself to put a bag of apples in your shopping cart each week. Other good sources of flavonoids include red grapes, tomatoes, onions, green tea, dark chocolate, blueberries, broccoli, and kale. Small portions eaten regularly are your best bet.