Apples are one of the most popular fruits on the planet for a good reason. The phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” has been around for more than 100 years thanks to the many health benefits of apples.
There are more than 7,000 varieties of apple, all with a unique appearance, texture and flavor, and all packed full of vitamins, dietary fiber, minerals and other nutrients that are good for overall well-being.1Fooddata Central Search Results. fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/1102644/nutrients Read on to find out 10 of the health benefits of apples and why they should be included in a well-rounded diet.
1. Heart Health
It’s long been recognized that apples may improve heart health. Eating a medium-sized apple every day contributes to the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, fiber and potassium. Fiber helps keep blood pressure under control, and potassium relaxes the blood vessels which helps lower blood pressure. Vitamin C boosts the immune system and helps stave off infections and diseases.
Apple skin also contains polyphenols which have antioxidant properties to protect cells against free radicals and oxidative damage.2‘Plant Polyphenols As Dietary Antioxidants in Human Health and Disease.’ Kanti Pandey;Syed Rizvi; ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2835915/ Epidemiological studies have shown that consuming a diet rich in polyphenols can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.