Most seniors have heard of the old adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” As most adages go, it may seem a bit difficult to believe. However, an increasing numbers of studies show that eating an apple five days a week can do much to improve a variety of aspects of health while also reducing the chance of several diseases. So today, Home Care Assistance of Denton County is going to provide some surprisingly healthy facts about apples!
The majority of health benefits come from apples’ high levels of fiber. The pectin in apples is loaded with soluble fiber, meaning that it attracts water and makes you feel full. In this way, it can be a great way to control weight as it reduces the appetite. It can also help to decrease constipation by attracting water into the intestine. Eating a diet high in soluble fiber is also known to decrease cholesterol and therefore reduce the risk of heart disease.
Apples are also a star player in a healthy diet because of their high levels of antioxidants. This is particularly true of Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples, which rank twelfth and thirteenth respectively in a list of fruits highest in antioxidants. Antioxidants give the immune system a boost, and recent studies have also shown that they can decrease one’s chances of having cataracts.
Apples provide a variety of other side benefits as well, and these benefits may not all come from the actual apple. A glass of 100% apple juice each day has been shown to reduce a senior’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, while a small portion of apple cider vinegar taken regularly can reduce gallstones. In addition, apples stimulate the salivary glands, decreasing dry mouth.
Apples are a delicious way for seniors to address a variety of health issues without a trip to their doctors. Even those who cannot bite through the crisp texture of an apple can improve their health with a glass of 100% apple juice, a cup of applesauce or a splash of apple cider vinegar on their savory foods. An apple a day may truly keep the doctor away.
Want to learn more about senior health and nutrition? Call 972-468-6010 and speak to the Denton County live-in home care experts at Home Care Assistance. We can answer any of your questions about senior care and can explain how our caregivers help their clients live healthy, happy lives from the comfort of home.