Health Benefits of Apple

Apple is a very delicious and crunchy fruit. It is notable for its impressive list of phyto-nutrients, and anti oxidants. Studies suggest that its components are essential for normal growth, development and over all well being.

Apple are low in calories; 100 gm of fresh fruit slices provide only 50 calories. They, however contain no saturated fat or cholesterol. Nonetheless, the fruit is rich in dietary fiber which helps to prevent absorption of dietary LDL or bad cholesterol in gut.The fiber also saves the colon mucus membrane from exposure to toxic substances by binding to cancer-causing chemicals inside the colon.

Apples are rich in antioxidant phyto-nutrients flavonoids and polyphenolics. This fruit contains good quantities of vitamin-C and beta-carotene. Vitamin-C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of food rich in vitamin-c helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.

Further, apple fruit is a good source of B- complex vitamins such as riboflavin , thiamine, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6). Together these vitamins help as co-factors for enzymes in metabolism as well as in various synthetic functions inside the body.

Apple also contains a small amount of minerals like potassium, phosphorus and calcium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure; thus counters the influence of sodium.

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