Does an apple a day REALLY keep the doctor away?

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Does an apple a day REALLY keep the doctor away?

We’ve all heard the old adage that claims “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but most of us treat it as something that overbearing mothers came up with to get their kids to eat more fruit than sweets by playing on the almost universal fear of doctors that we had at a young age.
Even so, we cannot deny that, while it is simply an adage created for this reason, apples are in fact one of the most eaten fruits in the world, and they contain a host of vitamins and important nutrients that we are probably better off having in our systems anyway. 
Here are a few interesting facts about apples and how they help our bodies. Even though they are incredibly good for us, and taste good at the same time, you may not want to use it as an excuse to avoid your regular checkup or vaccination!
1. Apples have been found to protect neuron cells against oxidative stress-induced neurotoxicity and may play an important role in reducing the risk of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Eating apples is associated with a lower risk of death from heart disease, an association that’s thought to be related to their content of antioxidant flavonoids.
3. Apples are a great source of fiber, and help us stay feeling full for longer, because it takes our digestive systems longer to process and digest complex fiber than it takes to digest simple sugars and fats. A medium sized apple only has around 70-90 calories, meaning as a snack, it will help you sate your hunger and won’t add too much to your calorie count.
4. Eating apples, preferably more than five a week, has been linked with better lung function because of an antioxidant called Quercetin, which is found in the skin of apples, onions and tomatoes. People who eat apples regularly are less likely to suffer from asthma.
5. Even though they are a little less effective than oranges, apples are still considered a good source of vitamin C. There are over 8 milligrams of vitamin C in a medium sized apple, which is about 15% of you recommended daily intake.
Written by Wesley Geyer
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