Apples are one of the healthiest food products available all the year round. The old saying goes “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, and it is really a true one. People most often consider apples to be a common fruits, and tend to overlook their health benefits. However, apples are one of the nature’s richest sources of essential nutrients, balanced in such a refined way that they provide us with many great health benefits like bone protection, asthma help, Alzheimer’s prevention, lower cholesterol, lung, breast, colon and liver cancer prevention, diabetes management and weight loss.
Healthy features of apple juice
Apples are one of the richest sources of vitamin C. One glass full of unsweetened apple juice is enough to satisfy around 159% of recommended daily value for this important nutrient. Apple juice is healthiest if prepared at home by simple draining and pressing of the apples. The more cloudier it is, it contains the highest level of antioxidants.
Apple juice is also an excellent source of flavonoids, powerful antioxidants that are irreplaceable in reducing the oxygen damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are responsible for cell and DNK damage and may cause some of the most serious diseases such as, cancers, cardio-vascular diseases and diabetes. Apple juice may also lessen the levels of bad cholesterol and prevent the formation of arterial plaque.
Anti-inflammatory agents in apple juice are great for well balanced immune system, able to strengthen the blood vessels, improve the blood circulation and suppress the release of histamine.
Potassium found in apples is beneficial especially to the elderly population. It may ease the symptoms of many age-related and degenerative diseases such as arthritis or rheumatism.
Apple juice is also a gentle and effective laxative appropriate for people of all ages and health conditions. It is most commonly used natural remedy for treatment of constipation in babies.
Apple juice recipe
Making your own apple juice at home may have some serious benefits. Commercially prepared apple juices are most commonly saturated with sugar, and stripped off from nutrients in the process of pasteurization. It is best to use fresh and fully-grown organic apples. Apple juice can be prepared by draining the apples or mixing the pure unsweetened apple juice with any other healthy juice.
To make a tasty and refreshing vitamin bomb from apples and celery, one needs 4 green apples and 3-13 celery stalks, depending on the intensity of the celery taste one likes to achieve. The easiest way to prepare a juice is to blend everything together in a fruit juice extractor or to drain and press the ingredients.