Granny Smith Apples Kill 95% of Cervical Cancer Cells in Vitro: The pomace from Granny Smith apples (left over after making apples juice) was shown in this study to kill up to 95% of human breast cancer cells, and also was highly toxic to colon cancer and breast cancer cells. What makes apples so powerful? They contain high amounts of potent cancer-fighting compounds such as phloridzin, quercetin, proanthocyanidins and oligosaccharides. And they are also one of the most antioxidant-rich foods in our diet. In fact, one medium-sized apple delivers the same antioxidant power as 2,700 mg (yes, 2.7 grams) of pure vitamin C! And their health benefits are not just for lab studies. Multiple population studies have found that eating at least one apple daily may lower risk for several cancers: lung cancer (40% less risk), breast cancer (-24%), ovarian cancer (-24%), prostate cancer (-40%), colon cancer (-63%). And this super-fruit’s health benefits extend beyond cancer: other studies have linked apple consumption to 49% lower risk of fatal heart disease, 40% lower risk of stroke, and 26% lower risk of Parkinson’s disease. Apples are a healthy snack anytime, great in fruit smoothies, sliced up in yogurt, oatmeal, granola, or as part of fruit salad. And alkaline diet fans take note: one medium apple has more than double the alkalizing power of one whole lemon!
An Apple a Day to Keep 5 Chronic Diseases Away?
A wealth of research suggests that eating apples may impact your health in a number of beneficial ways:5
- Brain Health: Apples have been found to protect neuron cells against oxidative stress-induced neurotoxicity and may play an important role in reducing the risk of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease.6
- Stroke: Eating apples is linked to a decreased risk of stroke.7
- Diabetes: Three servings of apples (and other fruits, such as blueberries and grapes) is linked to a 7 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes.8 This may be due to their beneficial role in blood sugar regulation, as apples contain compounds that may:9
- Lessen absorption of glucose from your digestive tract
- Stimulate beta cells in your pancreas to secrete insulin
- Increase uptake of glucose from your blood by stimulating insulin receptors
- Cancer: Apples have a number of properties that may help reduce the risk of cancer, including antimutagenic activity, antioxidant activity, anti-inflammatory mechanisms, antiproliferative and apoptosis-inducing activity, as well as “novel mechanisms on epigenetic events and innate immunity.” According to the journal Planta Medica:10
“Apple products have been shown to prevent skin, mammary and colon carcinogenesis in animal models. Epidemiological observations indicate that regular consumption of one or more apples a day may reduce the risk for lung and colon cancer.”
- Heart Disease: Eating apples is associated with a lower risk of death from heart disease, an association that’s thought to be related to their content of antioxidant flavonoids.11