You’ve heard the old “apple a day” expression. The original has been traced back to 1866 and was: “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” Science seems to be backing up this old idea up.
From brand new medical research to common sense advice, here are several reasons to eat a nutritious apple every day.
1. Apples contain an anti-aging compound. Some of how we age is uncontrollable — it’s in our genes. But some of how fast we age — and how healthfully we do so — is under our control. Scientists are always looking for ways to slow down aging, no matter our genetic destiny. In a new study, they looked to see which flavonoids (naturally occurring compounds in fruits and vegetables) had the most antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
They discovered that fisetin, which is found in apples, strawberries, cucumbers, persimmons and onions, had the strongest effects. “Administration of fisetin to wild-type mice late in life … extended median and maximum lifespan,” the researchers wrote. The tests also were run on human fat tissue to see if the results translated — and they did.
“These results suggest that we can extend the period of health, termed healthspan, even towards the end of life,” professor Paul D. Robbins from the University of Minnesota, told Medical News Today.