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Apple a Day

Apple a Day - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High WycombeRemember the phrase “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor away”, well it may be truer than you think.

Amazingly there are over 7,500 different varieties of apples that vary in sweetness, juiciness, shape, colour, texture,  and nutritional value.

There are some great health benefits to eating apples and drinking it’s juice, which include the following as some of them:

– Apples contain a soluble fibre called Pectin. This compound helps support the growth of good bacteria in the digestive system and therefore contributes to healthy digestion. Soluble fibre is also known to reduce cholesterol levels by reducing the speed of sugar release into the blood stream and lowering insulin secretion.

– The levels of fibre content in apples help keep your bowels regular and assist in avoiding constipation

– Apples contain Vitamin C, which is essential  for oral gum health, maintaining healthy blood vessels and protection of cells from damage by free radicals. It is also good for the skin and hair.

– Scientists researching apples believe that there is some evidence that one of the flavanoid compounds found in them, Quercetin, may help reduce your chances of developing certain cancers like colon, lung and liver cancers.

Remember to wash apples thoroughly, and if it’s waxed peel it. Most of the antioxidants are in the skin, but at the same time so are most of the residues from the pesticides used during their growing life. Therefore organic unwaxed apples will always be your best option, but failing that you will still get big health benefits if peeling your apples, or even drinking apple juice as one of your “5 a day”.

So, put one in your lunch box and help keep the doctor at bay for just a little bit longer.