The phrase, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away,’ is an old English proverb that is widely used to get children to eat healthy. But do apples really keep doctors away the same way garlic keeps vampires at bay? What is it about Adam and Eve’s ‘forbidden fruit’ that makes it so healthy? It turns out, apples are good for us, but it wasn’t their medicinal properties that led to this phrase. Back when the proverb was coined, ‘apple’ was a word used to describe any round fruit that grew on a tree! Fundamentally, it was and is still believed that all fruits are healthy and eating them promoted good health!
This, however, does not lessen the importance of apples. Studies have proved that they have numerous health benefits – apple juice contains vital nutrients like Vitamins B and C, essential fibres and minerals like magnesium, iron, calcium, copper and manganese, making it the perfect fruit to snack on. Now it is not always feasible to carry apples around, but apple juice benefits us and makes for a sensible option. A single cup of this juice contains approximately 10% of the daily required carbohydrate intake for a person.
Consuming the juice everyday as either the fruit or as juice works. Some of the benefits of drinking apple juice are:
The alkaline nature of the fruit balances the pH level of the body and flushes out toxins. The skin of the fruit contains pectin, which promotes a smoother functioning of the liver. When combined with copious amounts of water, the juice can simulate urination and encourage the release of extra fats from the body, hence cleansing it.
Heart and lung protector
A study conducted by the University of California proved that the quercetin present in apples and apple juice, lowers the accumulation of cholesterol plaque in the arteries, therefore reducing the risk of heart attacks. Apple juice benefits asthma patients as well, since apples contain polyphenols, which aid in settling down an attack. According to doctors, regular consumption of apple juice reduces the risk of developing asthma by 30-40%.
A natural laxative, organic apple juice benefits in regulating bowel movement and increases intestinal power. It also contains sorbitol, that helps extract water from the large intestine, thus facilitating easy bowel movement and reducing the possibility of cancer in the colon.
The fruit and its juice contain a notable amount of Vitamin C, which stimulates the immune system. It also functions as an antioxidant compound that can prevent stress and reduce inflammation. The vitamin is a vital component of the body’s immune system.
Decreases Metabolic Syndrome
Multiple pieces of research conducted have claimed another set of benefits of drinking apple juice - people who consumed it had 27% lesser chance of having the metabolic syndrome, which includes a larger waistline, increased risk for a heart condition and high blood sugar. People who consumed apples in the form of juice or raw fruit were found having lesser abdominal fat, lower blood pressure and a smaller waistline.
Clearly, the benefits of drinking apple juice are too many, so add apples to your diet today!