Fall is a Great Time to Eat Apples!
Pectin, a soluble fiber found in apples, has been shown to help lower LDL levels (bad cholesterol). This decreases the risk of having a heart attack and stroke. One study also showed that apples may help to lower blood pressure.
Protection and strengthening of bones especially among women is extremely important for health and longevity. Apples contain some phloridzin that increase bone density and boron that strengthens bones.
A number of studies have been done to confirm the benefits of apples and apple phytochemicals in improving asthma, lung function and overall lung health. One study involving 1600 adults in Australia, showed that apple and pear intake was associated with a decreased risk of asthma and a decrease in bronchial hypersensitivity. http://applepolyphenols.com/studies/asthma.htm#Nutr J. 2004
An ingredient in apples called quercetin may be instrumental in protecting the brain from free radical damage that ultimately leads to Alzheimers. Dr. Thomas Shea and colleagues from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell report that patients receiving 4 ounces of apple juice a day for 1 month showed significant changes in improved mood and behavior. This research was published in the June issue of the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias.
Research studies have shown that consuming apples regularly may also prevent a number of cancers like lung, breast, colon and liver cancer. German researchers found that components of apples and apple juice "react in the colon and help to slow the growth of precancerous and tumor cells." The study is published in the scientific journal, Nutrition (April 2008).
Scientists have found that the Pectin component in apples supplies galacturonic acid to the body that lowers the body's need for insulin thus helping keep diabetes in check.
Apples are a great source of dietary fiber. Dietary fiber helps aid digestion and promotes weight loss. A medium apple contains about five grams of fiber (more than a serving of most cereals). Also, apples contain almost zero fat and cholesterol! A Brazilian study found that women who ate three apples or pears per day lost more weight while dieting than women who did not eat fruit while dieting. In addition, a 2008 study by Dr. Victor Fulgoni, PhD, found that adults who eat apples and apple products have smaller waistlines, indicating less abdominal fat.