The Heart Benefits of Apples
Are you starving for delicious Apples? I bet you love them, especially when soaked in pure maple syrup. But did you know that Apples have several health benefits? Read on to find out how Apples can help you in your weight loss quest!
Fresh and crunchy apples are loaded with nutrients and fibres which can help burn belly fat faster. They are especially rich in pectin, which breaks down slowly. The fibres found in apple also promote satiety which means you would always feel less hungry. However, if you still feel hungry, you would of course eat less.
Apples are also a rich source of antioxidants, which can help reduce blood sugar levels. In fact, studies have shown that Apples can slow down the absorption of glucose into our bodies and increases the amounts of fibers consumed which help lower blood sugar levels. This is because Apples contain a special type of fiber called the Pectins which slows down the absorption of carbohydrates and break down into simple sugars which enter our bodies immediately after consumption. Another benefit of Apples is that they contain a lot of water which enhances digestion. However, this effect is only beneficial if you choose organic and/or fresh apples and not the canned variety as the canned apples lose much of their nutritional value.
Apart from assisting in weight loss, Apples also contain plenty of vitamin C! Vitamin C is known to neutralize free radicals which can cause damage to our body’s cells and affect our health. Apples contain almost 80 mg of vitamin C! So you can just imagine the boost to your health and weight loss if you can boost your immune system with vitamin C! How’s that for good news?
Apples are also rich in antioxidants. Apples contain flavonoid polyphenols and anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants that can fight against cancer cells and contribute to cardiovascular health by lowering bad cholesterol levels. Furthermore, apples also contain quercetin, which is another powerful antioxidant that can help prevent atherosclerosis. Antioxidants can help prevent heart disease, cancer, aging, Alzheimer’s and other diseases by helping our bodies fight against external stressors which can otherwise cause serious disease.
Finally, Apples are rich in phytochemicals which can help lower cholesterol levels, protect the arteries, lower bad cholesterol and improve heart health. The phytochemicals found in apples contain a compound called Pectin which can help reduce cholesterol levels and plaque buildup in the arteries. Furthermore, some phytochemicals like Amylase, Aspalathin and Lycopene can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other diseases. And finally, one of the compounds found in apples called Polyphenols has been shown to lower blood pressure, regulate blood sugar and increase insulin sensitivity. Apples are definitely an excellent source of antioxidants, fiber and other essential nutrients which can support heart health and wellbeing.