Apples are some of the most available fruit products on the market. The old saying goes “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, and it is really a true one, because apples 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. Health benefits of apples
Apples are excellent source of flavonoids. Flavonoids are possibly the best cancer fighting compounds found in food. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants with the ability to prevent and repair the damage to the tissue, done by free radicals. Free radicals arise normally during metabolic processes and the healthy and well-nourished body can handle them. However, if antioxidants are unavailable, or if the free-radical production becomes excessive, damage can occur.
Apples, and other sources of flavonoids, are therefore great means of prevention for many health conditions such as heart diseases, diabetes and cancer. Flavonoids also have anti-inflammatory abilities, and they may boost body’s natural immune system. They may also strengthen the blood vessels, increase the blood flow, and prevent the release of histamine – the agent responsible for allergic reactions.
Apple juice is one of the best refreshing and healthy solutions for everyone. It is better to consume cloudy apple juice rather than the clear juice. Cloudy juice has juice, peel and the pulp of apples, and it is richer in flavonoids and fiber. All of the parts of an apple, except the stem, are very nutritious and may be used for juices. It would be the best to use organic apples. The farmed apples most commonly contain high levels of chemicals from pesticides.
Plain Apple Juice Recipe
Plain apple juice is made from three or four apples. One may use green or red ones, or even a mixture of two sorts. However, red apples are slightly healthier because they contain higher levels of antioxidants.
Hot or Chilled Apple Juice Recipe
To prepare this kind of juice one will need two apples, 1 lemon and 1" slice of fresh root ginger. Ginger should first go to the juicer, and lemon and apples are added consequently. Lemon is another rich source of flavonoids called hesperidin and tangeritin. Ginger root has beneficial effects on digestive tract and it is a potent anti-inflammatory remedy. This juice is best served hot or cold, with a couple of ice cubes or some honey. However, warming it up too much is not recommended because high temperatures strip off the nutritional value of the drink, in particular vitamin C.