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Apples and Their Health Benefits

Almost 7,500 varieties of apples are present worldwide, with 2,500 available in the United States alone. The fruit is the second most valuable fruit in the country, next to oranges.

There is archaeological proof that people have been using them since 6,500 B.C. The fruit originated in the Kazakhstan Mountains, according to DNA analysis.

Additionally, apples are undoubtedly famous, especially in literature and the arts. No other fruit appears as frequently in literature, art, and discussions daily, according to author Rebecca Rupp in her The History of the “Forbidden” Fruit article for National Geographic

The widespread misconception among Christians is that the Book of Genesis forbids eating apples. People today view the fruit as a representation of knowledge, immortality, sexual seduction, temptation, human sexuality, the fall of man, and sin as a result of this belief. 

After causing a disagreement between Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite about who is the “fairest of them all,” the fruit is held responsible for starting the Trojan War.

If not for the kiss from her prince, it poisoned Snow White and would have killed her. Poets including Robert Frost, Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson, and Dylan Thomas have all written poems on apples.

Venus Holding an Apple is a sculpture by Gothic German sculptor Daniel Mauch that features Venus holding an apple. Lucas Cranach the Elder painted The Virgin and Child Under an Apple Tree during the Renaissance period. In Crispin van den Broeck‘s Two Young Men, one of the men is holding an apple.

And while an apple is unlikely to grant immortality, as Norse mythology claims, it can provide us with a longer life due to its nutritional benefits.

The fruit may not be able to cure all diseases like the magical apple from Samarkand in The Arabian Nights, but it can help keep the doctor away.

Apples can reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol by 40%. It may also lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. According to a study published in the Journal of Functional Foods at Ohio State University, eating one a day for four weeks can reduce LDL. This is due to an antioxidant in the fruit that profoundly lowers the risks of heart disease. 

An apple’s antioxidant can even help reduce cellular death caused by oxidation and neuroinflammation. For example, the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease recommends apple juice to increase the production of the essential neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the brain.

They also reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. For example, the Harvard School of Public Health studied 200,000 people’s diets. They discovered that eating five or more apples per week reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 23%.

Aside from the doctor, an apple a day can help you avoid the dentist. Apples have three grams of soluble and insoluble fiber, both of which can stimulate the gums. Chewing on them also produces saliva in the mouth, which rinses bacteria and food particles away.

Snack on this superfood today to improve your overall health.

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