Fabulous fruits: what are the benefits of apples

05 March 2017, 13:43

Photo: Andy Rennie

Pho­to: Andy Ren­nie

Any per­son will imme­di­ate­ly say that the bib­li­cal prog­en­i­tor, and the great sci­en­tist who dis­cov­ered the law of uni­ver­sal grav­i­ta­tion, and the father of the “dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion” are unit­ed by an ordi­nary apple.

This is one of the most pop­u­lar fruits: they write sto­ries and nov­els about it, com­pose songs — let’s remem­ber at least the immor­tal hit “Apples in the Snow”. This fruit can be seen in the paint­ings of Repin and Cezanne, Petrov-Vod­kin and Gau­guin. And the artist Helj Land­strom went even fur­ther — his love for apples is so strong that he cre­ates whole can­vas­es from them. His mosaics are annu­al­ly exhib­it­ed at the apple fes­ti­val in the Swedish city of Kivik.

Since ancient times, the Slavs asso­ci­at­ed the apple tree with fer­til­i­ty, abun­dance and kind­ness — remem­ber how in folk tales it was the apple tree that hid the broth­er and sis­ter from the evil swan geese and the insid­i­ous Baba Yaga? And the fruits of this tree in leg­ends and fairy tales were called “reju­ve­nat­ing” and act­ed as a sym­bol of health and eter­nal youth.

Our ances­tors were not mis­tak­en at all, endow­ing the fra­grant fruit with such use­ful prop­er­ties. Mod­ern sci­ence has proven that an apple is a trea­sure trove of sub­stances and vit­a­mins nec­es­sary for the body. No won­der the Eng­lish have a proverb that, loose­ly trans­lat­ed, sounds some­thing like this: “An apple for din­ner — and you don’t need a doc­tor.”

The cor­rect­ness of their wise fel­low coun­try­men was recent­ly con­firmed by sci­en­tists from Lon­don’s Queen’s Uni­ver­si­ty. The result of their exper­i­ment became a sen­sa­tion — in order to main­tain health and youth for a long time, a mod­ern woman does not have to resort to exhaust­ing diets, exhaust­ing work­outs or plas­tic surgery ser­vices.

It turns out that in order to look 15–17 years younger than your peers, you just need to eat just one apple every day. The inclu­sion of a healthy fruit in your diet allows the fair sex to not only improve their appear­ance, but also reju­ve­nate the entire body as a whole.

The flavonoids and polyphe­nols con­tained in apples con­tribute to the bal­ance of oxida­tive process­es in cells and improve the func­tion­ing of the car­dio­vas­cu­lar sys­tem and intestines.

In addi­tion, reg­u­lar con­sump­tion of apples helps to strength­en the immune sys­tem, and the habit of “snack­ing” this fruit at lunch or din­ner will help neu­tral­ize harm­ful bac­te­ria in the mouth and pro­tect teeth from caries.

For those who care­ful­ly mon­i­tor their fig­ure, an apple will also be a great helper. After all, this fruit, con­tain­ing only up to 100 calo­ries, can suc­cess­ful­ly replace sweets that are not at all use­ful for female forms and, at the same time, sat­is­fy the body’s need for sug­ar. At the same time, apples “cleanse” the blood from “bad” cho­les­terol and help increase the lev­el of “good”.

So you should not put off the mat­ter indef­i­nite­ly and stock up on fra­grant apples. These amaz­ing fruits can become tru­ly “reju­ve­nat­ing” and give fab­u­lous beau­ty, good health and youth for many years to come.

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