Fall is apple time, and there’s nothing quite as delicious as a crispy, crunchy apple picked right from the tree. And it turns out that the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is true! New research has shown that apples contain a host of nutrients and phytochemicals that could very well leave doctors with a little more time on their hands. Here’s a few reasons you should reach for a fresh-picked apple at snack time:
- Hot flashes. Munch on apples, and you’ll have fewer blasts from your internal furnace during menopause.
- Queasiness. Doctors often recommend applesauce for people whose stomachs are flippin’ and floppin’. Apples are easy to digest and give your body the nutrition it needs while your stomach’s on the mend.
- Allergies. Snacking on an apple will help you survive allergy season. Apples contain quercetin, a potent bioflavonoid-antihistamine combo that eases the onslaught of allergy symptoms.
- Fatigue. Don’t get bogged down—load up on apples! They provide malic acid, which helps jump-start production of ATP—the stuff that gives your cells energy.
- Joint pain. The next time your joints are hurting—or better yet, before the pain starts—eat a few apples. They contain the trace element boron, which can relieve joint pain and stiffness and actually appears to protect against arthritis.
- Gum disease. Apples contain compounds that inhibit the gum-destroying enzymes secreted by oral bacteria, so crunch an apple a day to help clean your mouth between brushings.
With so many varieties of apples available, you’re bound to find at least a few that suit your taste. Just keep in mind that an apple’s most healthful benefits are in its skin, so put away the peeler, and bite right into it.
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