October is National Apple Month, which means fall is one of the best times of the year to take a big juicy bite into a red apple. Aside from being festive and tasty, apples have a lot of health benefits. Here at E. Armata Inc., located at the Hunts Point Market, we advocate the many health benefits a plant-based diet can bring including apples. Although all fruits have some nutritional value, apples are unique for getting rid of toxins in our body and purifying our organs like the kidney, liver, and stomach. Here are some other reasons why eating an apple is good for your health:
- They improve heart health: Apples have been shown to lower the risks of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. This is because apples have a high amount of soluble fiber, which lowers your blood cholesterol levels. There are also antioxidants packed inside the skin of the apple that help lower blood pressure.
- They lower the risk of diabetes: Studies have shown that the micronutrition found in plant-based foods like apples can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. They prevent tissue damage in the pancreas, where beta cells produce insulin. In one study, eating an apple a day lowered the risk of type 2 diabetes by 28 percent.
- They promote good bacteria in your colon: Apples have high amounts of fiber that feed the good bacteria in your colon. Just one apple contains 4 grams of fiber.
- They prevent cancer: Apples possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that can lower your chances of cancer. Procyanidins, a type of antioxidant found in apples, kill off cancer-causing cells in the body.
- They sharpen your brain: Apple juice can help preserve certain neurotransmitters that lower in our brains as we age. These neurotransmitters link back to our memory. Low levels of these neurotransmitters can cause Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease.
- They protect stomach cells: Certain painkillers and medications can damage the stomach lining, but apples have two plant-based compounds that protect the stomach cells from injury.
- Regulate bowel movements: Those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids, and frequent constipation or diarrhea can control these symptoms by eating fruits high in fiber content like apples.