Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away?

We have often heard the phrase, ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ Discover the truth about this fruit with the help of Shilpa Mittal – Nutritionist, Diet Consultant and Founder of Nutrilife Health Management, Mumbai.
Shilpa says, ‘this red fruit has great benefits, because it is packed with essential nutrients, which is beneficial for good health.’
Let’s learn the benefits of each compounds present in apples, in details and their effect on our health.
Pectin – This is a soluble fibre present in apples. It helps in lowering blood pressure and maintains the glucose levels in our bodies. Besides, it is also great for heart health, because it helps lower the bad cholesterol in our bodies. Pectin, also aids in boosting our digestive system and various research states that it helps in preventing cancer as well.
Boron – This compound is found in abundance in this fruit. Boron is essential for proper growth and normal functions of the body. A sufficient amount of boron in the body helps to keep, osteoporosis, arthritis and other bone related problems away. Boron is necessary for strong bones and a healthy brain.
Quercetin – This is a flavonoid present in apple. This compound helps in lowering the risk of several types of cancers of the lungs and breast. It also has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to reduce chronic inflammation and related diseases. It may also reduce free radical damage, thus reduce one’s chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Vitamin C – Boosts immunity, which helps maintain overall health and helps to heal wounds quickly.
Phytonutrients – Above all, apples also include many phytonutients like vitamin A and E. It also contains beta-carotene. These phytonutrients are essential for the upkeep of our minds, bodies and overall health.
Lastly, this fruit has several benefits. It is also low in calories, so you can eat it without worrying about piling on the pounds.