An Apple a Day?

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Ever wonder where the expression “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” comes from? Well, there may be some good scientific evidence that this is valid. The results of an animal study published by The American Physiological Society found that Quercetin, a powerful antioxidant present in apples and other fruits and vegetables, may have protective effects against the influenza virus and that eating an apple a day could help reduce our risk of getting the flu this year, especially during times of stress.
The study was done in mice, but it appears the protective health benefits of Quercetin appear to apply to people too. A recent human study showed that individuals taking daily doses of the flu-fighting antioxidant suffered
fewer respiratory illnesses following three days of exhaustive exercise
compared to those who did not take the plant compound.
There are additional benefits of this powerful antioxidant too. These include:

  • Researchers at Cornell University in New York found that the
    naturally occurring antioxidant may protect brain cells from oxidative stress, a tissue-damaging process associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative disorders of the brain
  • Scientists have found that regular Quercetin intake can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Quercetin is well known for its powerful anti-inflammatory
    effects, making it useful in the prevention and treatment of arthritis
    and other chronic inflammatory diseases
  • Quercetin may be a viable alternative to some
    over-the-counter and prescription medications in people with allergies. The antioxidant compound has impressive antihistamine actions, making it useful in the treatment of hay fever, eczema and hives.

In addition to apples, Quercetin may be found in other fruits and vegetables like onions, grapes, blueberries, broccoli, tea and red wine. Red apples have more of it than green or yellow ones. And most importantly, it is predominant in the skins, so peeled fruit has less Quercetin and unpeeled.

More to explorer

To Mask or Not to Mask: Why Are We Still Asking?*

The American public has always been fascinated with masks. I remember growing up with fond memories of the Masked man who left silver bullets, Batman and Robin, Zorro and of course, Halloween costumes with masks.  So with a country like the United States, why are we reluctant to wear masks, especially after we have lost

Help! I'm Doing All The Right Things, But I'm Still Not Losing Weight

Are you struggling to lose weight even though you are doing everything “right”? Are you gaining weight even if your diet and exercise routine has remained the same? If so, then your hormones may be partially to blame. I’m not just talking about your “sex hormones”, but also the hormones that control appetite or how

When Time Matters …

A 15 year old year boy is suddenly awakened late at night by his screaming mother after his father collapsed in bed. She couldn’t get him to respond. He starts CPR while awaiting the fire department and ambulance which had been called. The station is only a mile or two away, but it takes over