How do apples actually benefit your health?

Apples are good for you. You've heard it from the time you were a tiny kid... "An apple a day keeps the doctor away". But how do apples actually benefit your health? They knew about the health benefits of apples centuries ago (where do you think the saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" came from)
and while many things have changed since then, the benefits of apples have not.
However, first be aware that there are a lot of pesticides used on apples now, so of course, your best bet is to buy organic apples so you can eat the skin and all... which, because most of the vitamins are found right under the skin, it's a good idea.
Apples benefit our health because they include the following vitamins and minerals...
Vitamin A (needed to prevent such problems such as night blindness, reproduction problems, urinary tract problems)
Vitamin B (Thiamine: B1 & B2, B5, B6, B9 & B12. Bet you didn't know there were so many B Vitamins.)
Fiber (1 apple containing about 80 calories has more fiber in it than most cereals... and it's natural fiber!) It contains pectin which is great to help lower cholesterol.
Vitamin C (important to ward off cancers)
Niacin (opens blood vessels and can lower cholesterol)
Phosphorus (important for bone and teeth formation)
Magnesium (important for healthy heart, keeps bones strong and helps body absorb other minerals such as calcium and potassium) (Especially important for pregnant women, and those who are at risk for osteoporosis.)
Iron (important for proper function of liver... and to prevent anemia.
Potassium (good for heart. Potassium lowers blood pressure) (1 medium apple contains about 150 mg. of potassium).
So keep on eating that "apple a day".
Source: BBC Health
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