Benefits, Uses & Side-Effects of Apples

 

“An apple a day keeps a doctor away”

Too many apples a day pushes your health away. Just hearing the word ‘apple’ reminds us of this old proverb. Apples are the most commonly available fruits and people love them. It is good that they’re commonly available as they’re too nutritious.

Apples are medium-sized juicy fruits, that first originated in the mountains of Kazakhstan. An apple is not only consumed raw but also in a wide range of recipes that are both sweet and savory. The skin of an apple is firm and the inside is fleshy and juicy. The sweet and sour taste of apples makes them every child’s favorite. Even some of the Disney stories have apples in them. There are a lot of research-backed benefits of eating an apple every day.

Benefits and uses of apples:

  • High Nutritional value:

Apples have a high nutritional value. They have vitamins like Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, and Vitamin B2. They have minerals like riboflavin, potassium, copper, manganese, and magnesium. Not to forget: Apples are a great source of antioxidants too. One can get 12% of the daily fiber from an apple.

  • Weight Loss:

As apples are full of fiber, they’re really good for your digestion and metabolism. This quality of apples makes it a great fruit for weight loss. Also, apples are watery fruits. So when one eats an apple, they are bound to feel full which again helps for weight loss.

  • Softening and Passing of Gallstones:

Research suggests drinking apple juice if you have gallstones. Drink apple juice or eat apple regularly to make the gallstones soft. By doing so, gallstones can pass easily.

  • Alzheimer’s Disease:

It is said that if an apple is consumed every day, it can improve mood and behavior in the people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.

  • Prevents Cancer:

Apples help to prevent breast and colon cancer. The antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients, and minerals in apples help fight the side-effects from the cancer treatment. Also, the nutrients and antioxidants have the capacity to fight with cancer.

  • Regularizes Bowel Movements:

Apples are high in fiber, especially pectin. Pectin is found in the cells walls of apples. It helps in smoothening the bowel movements by enhancing the digestive system. Pectin in apples helps retain the water and make your stool soft. It can cure constipation if consumed regularly.

  • Cures Anaemia:

Anemia has become very common these days, especially in women. It can be cured by adding iron to one’s diet. Since apples are full of iron, one can consume raw apples or apple juice to treat anemia. A few people prefer adding beetroot to apple juice for faster results.

  • Detoxifies the body:

The antioxidants in apples are so powerful that they fight against the effects of free radicals. They help to throw out the dirt from the body. Many doctors ask patients to eat apples every day to detoxify their skin, blood, and cells.

  • Fights Rheumatism:

Rheumatism has become so common that even kids suffer from it these days. In the case of chronic rheumatism, patients may suffer from body pain too. Eating apples every day can heal rheumatism as apples have lots of flavonoids (flavonoids can treat pain and fever).

  • Protects Lungs:

The antioxidant-rich apples can protect your lungs from oxidative damage. It also cures asthma. It reduces inflammation and regulates the immune system, making your lungs very strong.

  • Prevents premature aging:

Apples have vitamin C, which prevents premature aging by boosting collagen synthesis. It erases wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, reduces acne, blemishes and enhances the skin tone too. Many people use apple face packs to enhance their skin’s quality.

  • Prevents Hair Loss and related problems:

Minerals like potassium, magnesium, copper, and calcium are too good for hair. Apples and apple seeds can make your hair grow long and smooth. Also, apples can act as natural hair rinses. They prevent hair fall too.

Woof! So many benefits, eh! But don’t eat too many apples just because you want to keep your doctor away. There are side-effects as well, fellas!

Side-effects of over-eating apples:

  • Raises Sugar Levels:

Eating a lot of apples can increase the blood sugar level. This can also make you gain weight. So when you’ve had one apple a day, you can lose some weight, but when you have too many, there are chances that you gain weight.

  • Heart Diseases:

Like many other fruits, apples have a lot of fructose. It is only good for the liver, however, when consumed excessively it produces fats called triglycerides which can lead to heart diseases.

  • Apple seeds can kill you:

Apple seeds have cyanide. If you have a cup of apple seeds, they can literally kill you. So watch out for those tiny enemies, they’re really very dangerous.

  • Diarrhea:

Excessive consumption of apple or apple juice can cause diarrhea. Apart from diarrhea, people can also suffer from headaches, dizziness, and tiredness.

  • Weakens Tooth Enamel:

Apple cider vinegar is commonly said to have a lot of benefits, but when consumed excessively in an undiluted form, it can weaken the tooth enamel. So, do not forget to rinse your mouth once you drink apple cider vinegar.

One is enough, two is the limit, but anything above that is DANGEROUS!

This rule is not just for apples. It is for anything in life. People love apples so much, no wonder apples have more than 10 benefits. ‘An apple a day keeps a doctor away’ is meaningful, logical, scientific and true indeed. However, you must limit the number of apples you have or the glasses of apple juice you drink. Some people can have allergic reactions too. So do not overeat apples before consulting your doctor. Of course, apples help to cure a lot of diseases, but the results can depend on your body type, so just do as your doctor says. Until then, “Keep the doctor away!”

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