You’ve undoubtedly heard the expression, an apple a day keeps the doctor away – They aren’t kidding. A raw, ripe apple contains vitamin A – an immunity enhancer that acts as an antioxidant, important in the formation of bones and teeth, preventative of eye problems, guard against heart disease and stroke, repairer of epithelial tissue (skin, mucous membranes…), protector against cancer and other diseases, and necessary for new cell growth. And without vitamin A, the body cannot utilize protein (the second category of nutrients on our list), also found in the apple.
An apple contains vitamin C – likewise an antioxidant, that is required for at least three hundred metabolic functions in the body, including tissue growth and repair, adrenal gland function, and healthy gums. It protects against the harmful effects of pollution, helps to prevent cancer, protects against infection, and enhances immunity. It also increases the absorption of iron (mineral catagory), which, you guessed it, is found in the apple. But wait, there’s more.
Apples contain Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) – a happy family of eight antioxidant compounds that prevent cell damage by inhibiting the oxidation of lipids (fats) and the formation of free radicals, protect fat-soluble vitamins from destruction by oxygen and aid in the utilization of vitamin A.
And by an amazing act of Providence, vitamin C works synergistically with vitamin A and E, meaning that when theses vitamin work together, they have an effect even greater than the sum of their individual effects: Like when vitamin E aids in the utilization of vitamin A, or when vitamin E scavenges for dangerous free radicals in cell membranes, while vitamin C attacks free radicals in biologic fluids. These vitamins even reinforce and extend each other’s antioxidant activity.
Amazing, isn’t it? And that’s before even mentioning the vitamins K, Niacin, B6, Folate; minerals, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium; or Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, also contained in that common fruit.
Not only is the apple amazing for you body, health and healing, but, as I’m sure you’ve noticed its also great for your teeth. In addition to the aforementioned oral benefits, apples also contain the famous minerals Calcium – 7.5 mg, approximately, per 1 cup serving – and Fluoride. Yes, Fluoride, that nutrient applauded by dentists nationwide, is naturally found in apples, oranges, grapes, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, pickles, corn, beans, celery, cucumber and other fruits and vegetables.