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Apple: Properties and Benefits

The  apple tree is native of Asia, belongs to the family of Rosaceae and its trunk can reach eight meters high. Huge variety of apples exists, because, to date, there are about 2,000 varieties. Even if the apple is a fruit that ripens in late summer, thanks to imports from foreign countries, we can find it available at all times of the year.

The apple is one of the most consumed fruit in the world, thanks to the fame that has to help maintain the integrity of our health away many types of ailments. In Europe it is estimated that per capita consumption of apples is about 18 kg per year, while the U.S. consumption drops to about 9 kg per capita per year.

The apple has truly unique properties and its benefits on our health have been demonstrated by the distant past.

Composition

Apple: properties and benefits
Apple: properties and benefits

About 85% of the weight of the apple is made up of water, and from 9% to 12% is made up of sugars which, by their chemical characteristics, have no contraindications for diabetics. These vitamins are also very important, such as vitamin A, B1, B2, C and PP, organic acids, minerals and trace elements such as calcium, chlorine, iron, copper, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, phosphorus. The third is pectin which helps to lower cholesterol in the blood.

Healing Properties and Benefits of Apple

Confirming the message that we launched the famous saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, is particularly important to stress the need to take it regularly to prevent the emergence of some diseases. The results of this study were published in the Annals of Oncology, clearly demonstrate that people who ate one or more apples a day off to see about 21% the risk of getting cancer. The variety of apple more effective in preventing tumor would be followed by Rennet, Stark Delicious and Granny Smith. All this is due to an antioxidant present in apples called procyanidins, which can effectively combat the aging of cells and therefore tumor development.

The apple can be considered as a drug supplied to us by nature, a remedy for many health problems, from stress the almost total absence of fat and caloric intake by about 40 calories per 100 grams of apple. Below other benefits that the apple makes to our health, if eaten raw is a good astringent, contains fructose which is absorbed by the human body without the need of insulin, thus is well tolerated by those who suffer from diabetes.The apple contains the pectin, thanks to this drug is able to keep your blood sugar under control. Lowers the bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases the production of the good (HDL) in a relatively short time. It seems that its benefits to the respiratory system are even higher than those of citrus fruits. The apple also prevents heart disease, including heart attack, the reason lies in the richness of flavonoids, as noted above have excellent antioxidant properties. Last but not least, the apple contains substances called phytonutrients that have the property to prevent the onset of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

The Apple on the Table

Only advice I can give is to eat organic apples, to be able to consume even the skin, where  substances “benign” reside. In all other cases there are no contraindications, both raw and cooked, or fresh juice rather than in infusions and decoctions.  Special mention must be made with vinegar instead of apple, which according to latest studies seem to have the property to contribute positively to secure the calcium in bones and destroy harmful bacteria that reside in the gut.

Decoction of Apple to Cure Insomnia

This is a very simple preparation:

Boil for 40 minutes a whole apple (with peel and seeds), to secure organic origin, in a liter of water. Allow to cool and store in the refrigerator to drink a glass for a few evenings before bedtime.

The Apple Cleanses the Body

Apple: properties and benefits
Apple: properties and benefits

According to recent studies of European origin, the pectin would be able to take action purifying toxic substances on the organism, which is why the apple is recommended in the diet of people living especially in a city particularly polluted.

Some Varieties of Apple

As we wrote before, the varieties of apples are so many and it is impossible to list them all in this space.For this reason, we list the most common and their main characteristics:

Pippin: irregularly shaped, red and green, are recommended for apple pies and apple-based desserts in general.

Granny Smith: green, rich in magnesium and crisp to the bite.

Stark Delicious: red flesh is very fine, almost sandy, rich in carotene.

Fuji: look round, bright red skin color, sweet flavor due to the presence of fructose and quite crisp.

Braeburn: dark red, crisp, sweet enough taste.

Red Delicious: as the name in red, crunchy, with the peculiarity of having the skin characterized by anti-cancer properties due to the presence of triterpenoids, substances that can not only prevent the onset of cancer but also to fight the tumor cells themselves.

Royal Gala: red color, sweet taste with a small vein of acidity and crisp enough to bite.

Morgendeft: characterized by the high content of vitamin C, very crisp and juicy with very aromatic taste.

Curiosity About Apple

Perhaps not everyone knows that, contrary to what the theory that the fruit should be consumed between meals, you should eat an apple after lunch or dinner, as well as aiding digestion, the apple, thanks to the fibers and the acid content oxalic, helps whiten teeth.

Tip: eat organic apples. After being well washed, you can also eat the peel, thus assuming all the healing substances found in this part of the apple.

Apple in Cosmetics

If you want to prepare a face mask is effective against wrinkles, take an apple, cut into small pieces and cook in half a glass of milk, when everything reaches the appearance of a cream, let cool and apply on face for about 20 minutes. Instead, for those who have dry skin and dull, groped can improve the situation with a mask made of apple sauce and yogurt.

 

Apple: Properties and Benefits

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