Friday, October 21, 2011

Benefits of Apples

Apples are the annual fruit crop from West Asia with sub-tropical climate. Apple tree is a small tree and leaf fall, reaching a height of 3 to 12 meters, with a wide canopy and usually very branchy. Oval-shaped leaves with a length of 5-12 cm wide and 3-6 centimetres. Apple blossoms bloom in spring.The flowers are white with pink frosted to fade away. In flowers, there are five petals, and reach a diameter of 2.5 to 3.5 cm. The fruit is ripe in the autumn, and usually 5 to 9 centimetres in diameter. Apple core has five gynoecium composed of five eye like a star, each containing one to three seeds.
Benefits of Apples

Apple plants can grow well and bear fruit at an altitude of 700-1200 m above sea level. With optimum altitude 1000-1200 m above sea level. With ideal rainfall is 1000-2600 mm / year with rainy days 110-150 days / year. Apple plants need sunlight enough between 50-60% every day, especially during flowering.

Benefits of apples, among others:
Maintaining the health of the lungs and cancer: According to research, The National Heart and Lung Institute, apple juice proved to have more benefits for maintaining healthy lungs. Similarly, according to Dr. Peter Burney, the content of the so-called phytochemicals in apples such as flavanoids and phenolic acids which was instrumental in reducing inflammation in the respiratory tract so that a child is protected from respiratory problems and asthma. Flavonid substances in apples is proven to reduce the risk of lung cancer - lung to 50%. While research from Cornell University in the U.S. also found that the substance in the skin of apple phytochemicals inhibit the growth of colon cancer by 43%. And the Mayo Clinic research in the United States in 2001 proved that quacertin, a type of flavonoids contained in apples, may help prevent prostate cancer cell growth.

Preventing heart disease: University of California Davis Medical Centre, based on his research results to get, antioxidants in apple juice can reduce levels of bad cholesterol (low density lipoprotein / LDL) and protect against heart disease. 

Preventing menopause: According to research U.S. Apple Association in 1992, it was reported that apples contain boron which helps the body maintain a woman's estrogens levels at menopause. Maintaining estrogens means to reduce interference caused by hormonal imbalance during menopause, such as hot flashes, pain, depression, heart disease, and osteoporosis.

Keep the immune system: According to Miriam Polunnin in his book "Healing Foods". According to the book, apple is very beneficial for digestion. To study Konowalchuck J in 1978 also published that cider is proven effective against a variety of viral infections attack.

Lowering cholesterol levels: Apples are known to contain phytochemicals that are antioxidants to fight free radicals, in addition to lowering bad cholesterol, apples also increases good cholesterol (HDL). The content of pectin and acid D - glucaric in apples meritorious help lower bad cholesterol in the body.

Lose weight: As a good source of fiber, apples are good for digestion and help you lose weight. Apples are an excellent snack for people who are losing weight due to high fiber content, thus preventing hunger comes more quickly.

Maintaining healthy teeth: Apples also contain tannins, substances that are useful to prevent periodontal tooth decay. Gum disease is caused by the attachment of bacteria to each other forming plaque.

Prevents gallstones: According to Dr Lai Chiu Nan nutritious apples to soften gallstones with daily consume 4 to 5 pieces of fresh apple.

For the nutrients contained in apples: Energy / 58.00 cal, Protein / 0.30 g, Fat / 0.40 g, Carbohydrate / 14.90 g,  Calcium / 6.00 mg, Phosphorus / 10.00 mg, Fiber / 0.70 g, Iron / 1.30 mg, Vitamin A / 24.00 RE,  Vitamin B1 / 0.04 mg,Vitamin B2 / 0.03 mg,  Vitamin C / 5.00 mg,  Niacin / 0.10 mg

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