Friday, March 5, 2010

Spa Girl says An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Apples have the combined properties that no other fruits have. You will be able to get the benefits of these properties individually with other fruits, but an apple combines everything and makes it simpler. 

The apple is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree, species Malus domestica in the rose family Rosaceae. It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. The tree originated from Central Asia, where its wild ancestor is still found today. There are more than 7,500 known cultivars of apples resulting in a range of desired characteristics.

At least 55 million tons of apples were grown worldwide (2005) with a value of about $10 billion. China produced about 35% of this total. The United States is the second leading producer, with more than 7.5% of world production. Iran is third followed by Turkey, Russia, Italy and India.

Here are nine great reasons to eat an apple a day!

1-Apple contains Vitamin C which helps your immune system.
2-Apples are rich in flavonoid which is good heart food. Flavonoids are also known for their antioxidant effects.

3-Low in calories. A regular size apple has between 70-100 calories. Eating an apple when craving for candy or chocolate can make the desire disappear since apple in itself contains sugar, but gives you only ¼ of the calories.

4-Apples contain phenols, which help to reduce bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.

5-The juice of the apples has properties that can kill up to 80% of bacteria and prevent tooth decay. 
6-Apples contain phytonutrients, which help protect the brain.
7-Research at the University of Nottingham indicates that people who eat 5 apples or more per week have lower respiratory problems, including asthma.

8-They taste great!
9-Apple is also great for your face, try this amazing Apple toner: 1 apple; 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar; 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary. Roughly chop apple and place in saucepan with vinegar over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes until the apple has begun to turn into applesauce, press mixture through a sieve then strain into clean bottle. Keep unused portion in refrigerator for several days.

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