Apples are one of the most commonly eaten fruits in America. Antioxidant missiles are loaded in these nutrition bombs. We all know about the sweet crunchy taste of an apple but many of us are unaware that apples contain an unique chemical makeup in the form of quercetin, catechin, cholorgenic acid, and phloridzin. It’s literally a mouthful, I know. These difficult to pronounce antioxidants fight free radicals and oxidative stress, which we know by now can lead to the proliferation of disease in the human body when gone unchecked.
Apples are high in fiber and vitamin C. Potassium, vitamin K, manganese, and vitamin B6 are all wrapped up inside your juicy apple. Boron contributes to the healing weight of an apple as boron is necessary for brain health. When people are low in boron they may experience mood instability and fatigue. Really, all this from the ordinary apple? Yep!
Remember to eat the peel as it contains a great amount of the antioxidants I have discussed. Because you are eating the peel aim for organic apples as conventional apples are consistently found on the dirty dozen list for their high pesticide residue.
New research points to depression being a symptom of system-wide inflammation. A diet high in anti-inflammatory foods has been shown to decrease depressive symptoms. Guess what? Apples are a key anti-inflammatory food. California State University highlighted the common apple as a warrior against inflammation in the form of cognitive decline and diabetes. For most people apples improve gastrointestinal health, which we all are learning now is directly connected to your mental health. For a number of people, apples can cause allergic reactions and digestive discomfort. Look for immediate reactions if necessary.
Just in case you want to learn a little bit more about the power of an apple I will tell you this: “Apples are especially known for providing pectin, a type of soluble fiber that works by binding to fatty substances in the digestive tract — including cholesterol and toxins — and promoting their elimination,” says Dr. Axe. Cleaning out your kid’s toxins with an apple; I’m game.
I don’t really think anyone needs any ideas on how to incorporate the apple into their diet but I will suggest this anyway:
Take an apple and add Nuttzo nut butter and 65% or higher dark chocolate chips for a mouth watering snack. The benefits of the apple combined with the benefits of the dark chocolate and the healthy mix of ground almonds, hazelnuts, Brazilian nuts, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds (Nuttzo) packs a mineral and vitamin-rich punch in one bite!
Fill your sweet tooth with an apple. Your brain will thank you later.