Monday, October 17, 2016

National Apple Month That's a Cause to Celebrate

When I think of October I think of the changing of the leaves, cool weather, Halloween candy and apple picking. Who knew it was National Apple Month too? So I did a little research and came up with the US Apple Association who is committed to this time honored fruit.  After exploring their website I have a new appreciation of the health benefits of this old fashion and unassuming fruit maybe you will too. 

You may be surprised to know the latest scientific research results demonstrates a link between apples and weight loss, brain health (including Alzheimer’s disease), certain forms of cancer, lung and heart health and stroke.

Apples are an excellent source of dietary fiber. In addition, apples are also a healthy source of antioxidants, which have been linked to disease prevention. Here is a quick abbreviated list of what is listed on the Health Benefits Research Summary hosted on the website.

✔️Weight loss: Women who ate 3 apples a day lost more weight than those who did not.

✔️Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s: Apples protect you against oxidative brain damage, significantly improved mood and behavior.

✔️Cancer: Flavonols present in apples prevent and reduce your risk, quercetin, a plant-based nutrient found most abundantly in apples, is found to prevent and treat cancer.

✔️Metabolic Syndrome: Apples lower blood pressure and trimmer waistlines, resulting in a reduced risk of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of health issues related to diabetes and heart disease.

✔️Heart Disease: Apples lower risk of several heart disease risk factors, including overweight, elevated waist-to-hip ratio reduce oxidative stress, improved measures of blood pressure, cholesterol reduction.

✔️Immunity: Apples reduce the inflammation associated with obesity-related diseases and strengthen the immune system.

✔️Gut Health: Apples boost the health of your intestines as well as your immune system a boost – by increasing the numbers of good gut bacteria.

This is a case to celebrate. Grab an apple and let's celebrate together #nationalapplemonth. 

I guess it’s true, an apple a day does keep the doctor away! Maybe the more apples you eat the further away they go! How about adding apples to your One Simple Change program? Can’t, won’t or don’t know how … The Juice Plus+ Company has an easy, affordable way to get in those life saving apples everyday.  

That being said, looking for some great healthy apple recipes? The US Apple Association has that too! Click Here to give these recipes a try!

Your partner in health, 

Certified Health Coach
Wellness Consultant 
WELCOA Faculty 

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