So for years we have been hearing this said to us by our parents. Every wonder why or if this is true? Studies have long shown that diets rich in fresh fruits and vegetables can lower the risk of numerous chronic conditions.
-NY Times reported on Sept. 15 2011 that a large Dutch study had found that eating apples and pears is associated with a lower risk of stroke
-In another  study conducted in Finland, researchers investigated the relationship between apple consumption and the risk of stroke in over 9,200 men and women. Those individuals who consumed the highest number of apples showed a lower risk of stroke over a 28-year period compared to those who consumed the least number of apples.
 -The study, which was recently published in the Journal of Functional Foods, showed that healthy adults who ate one apple each day for an entire month lowered their blood levels of “bad” cholesterol, or oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL). LDL cholesterol is known to promote inflammation and damage arteries, effects which can lead to heart disease.
So these are just to name a few that I have researched.
  • Apples, particularly their skins, are an excellent source of antioxidants.
  • Antioxidants are believed to prevent damage to cells and tissues and help defend the body from cancer, cardiovascular disease, and possibly Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Apple varieties vary in their antioxidant content, with Red Delicious having one of the highest levels. 
  • The flavonoids in apples, which possess antioxidant properties, are believed to protect the body against allergens and viral infections.
  • Apples may also improve lung function.

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Apple cider vinegar is a helpful health tonic that has shown promise in helping diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Heart health
  • High cholesterol
  • Weight loss
  • For many years people have used apple cider vinegar as a folk remedy to lower fever and aid indigestion.
  • Reach for apple cider vinegar to cure everything from the hiccups to common cold symptoms.

I personally use the Apple Cider Vinegar daily.  I carry my water cantainer everywhere and it is always filled with 27 fluid ounces of water and I add 1-2 tbl of Apple Cider Vinegar.  I love to sip it very cold over ice.  I also use it in many recipes for marinades and dressing.

 

References

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