You've heard the adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” October is National Apple Month. Did you know there are health benefits to be gained by eating an apple every day? We take a look at those benefits.
How the Antioxidants in Apples Help
Apples are packed with antioxidants that help with the health of cells throughout the body. Apples have particularly high quantities of quercetin. Quercetin helps prevent the death of a cell by keeping inflammation from helping.
In 2004, researchers at Cornell University studied the brain cells of rats that at diet high in apples, along with a few other fruits and vegetables. Those rates had lower rates of oxidative stress in the brain cells. The researchers believed that an apple's antioxidants may be one way to help lower your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
Dietary Fiber is Essential for Seniors
Fiber is important for senior citizens. It helps lower the chances of becoming constipated. Fiber also helps reduce bad cholesterol levels and help control glucose levels in the bloodstream. One medium apple – about 1.5 cups – has more than 4 grams of fiber, or 17 percent of your daily requirement, which makes it a good option for seniors who want an easy way to increase fiber intake.
Studies Find Apples Lower the Risk of a Having a Stroke
The skin on an apple is high in epicatechin, a type of flavonoid that is believed to help regulate blood pressure. In the Journal of Nutrition, a study of more than 111,000 men and women was completed over a span of up to 28 years. The study found that the men and women who ate a diet rich in these antioxidants had a lower risk of stroke.
In the Netherlands, a Wageningen University study found the stroke risk was slightly lower in people who ate vegetables and fruits that have white flesh. The lowered risk was only 9 percent, but it's easy to replace one snack each day with an apple, so there's no harm in trying.
As your mom and dad age, they may struggle with things that used to be so easy to complete. If you find them having difficulty eating properly, remembering to take medications, or completing weekly laundry, bring in senior care professionals. Caregivers offer those services as often as your parents need them.
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