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Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away?

Most sayings have some truth to them. I'm just looking to stay fit and healthy. Will apples help me with this?

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While an apple a day is no guarantee in keeping the doctor away, unless you are throwing it at him, eating apples does have several health benefits:

• Vitamin C –Apples have vitamin C that helps the immune system to do its job, fighting off bacterial infections and viruses. Vitamin C also promotes healing.
• Flavonoids – Apples are high in flavonoids. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that promote heart health and help prevent cardiovascular disease.
• Calories – Apples are low in calories. At 100 calories for a medium-sized apple, this is much improved over candies or foods high in fat.
• Phenols – Phenols help take care of cholesterol. Not only do they reduce bad cholesterol, but apples also increase good cholesterol.
• Phytonutrients – Phytonutrients are substances in apples that are shown to help prevent brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
• Lungs – While apples don’t have lungs of their own, they can help yours. Studies show that people who eat 5 or more apples per week suffer from lower rates of respiratory disorders such as asthma.
• Fiber – Apples are high in soluble fiber. New studies have found that soluble fiber is not only good for digestive health, but it also boosts the immune system.

Studies show that most Americans could improve their health by adding more apples to their diet. The average American eats only 20 pounds of apples per year, which works out to about one apple per week. Increasing apple intake to 100 pounds per year could provide some significant health benefits.

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