Has an apple got what it takes?

Published on November 7th, 2011
Has an apple got what it takes?

We know that it rhymes, but is it really true: does an apple a day really keep the doctor away?

The saying dates back to February 1866, when a publication called “Notes and Queries.”  The proverb went a little something like, “eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”

Now, nearly 150 years later, we’re still quoting it. It’s unlikely that the saying would have maintained such popularity if there wasn’t some truth to it, right?

With that said, we thought we’d investigate the benefits, let’s consider some of the apple’s components and their effect on our health:

Pectin is a form of soluble fiber than lowers both blood pressure and glucose levels. They also help keep you regular and apples are an excellent source of pectin.

Boron is a nutrient found in abundance in apples, it supports strong bones and a healthy brain.

Vitamin C boosts immunity, which helps maintain overall health.

Apples also act as a toothbrush, cleaning teeth and killing bacteria in the mouth, which may reduce the risk of tooth decay.

They’re also low in calorie density, one of the trademarks of a healthy food, which means you can eat a considerable amount of them and not have to be worried about heading to the gym afterwards.

The best part: apples are affordable and are literally available on almost every corner.

So, even though apples are essentially really good for you, including them in a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle is the only way you’ll ensure minimal visits to the doctor!