“An apple a day does keep the doctor away,” is actually correct and based on scientific eveidence. Although apples don’t, with the exception of potassium, contain any particular vitamin or mineral, they do contain high levels of various plant chemicals, including the flavonoid quercetin which has anticancer and anti-inflammatory action. They are also a viable source of pectin, soluble source of fiber that can lower “bad” cholesterol and help prevent colon cancer. Researchers have found that adults to eat apples have smaller waistlines, less abnormal body fat, and lower blood pressure than those who don’t. Apples may also prevent asthma in children and are also virtually fat-free.
Also, from ScienceDaily, the featured article about researchers in search of a way to prevent the muscle wasting that comes with illness and aging and the researchers have landed a natural compound that might just do the trick. The findings reported in the June issue of Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication, identify a component of apple peels as a promising new drug candidate for the widespread and debilitating condition that affects nearly everyone at one time or another. Read more about the benefits of apples against muscle wasting here.