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Pack a fruity punch

health-and-fitness Updated: Jan 23, 2010 21:51 IST

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Bite into a succulent apple this winter, not just for the taste but the many health benefits the fruit has. Here are a few of them:

Apples are low in calories, fat and sodium and rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre. An apple a day can help reduce the risk of lung and bladder cancer.

In a recent study, flavonoid-rich apples were found to be one of three foods (along with red wine and pears) that decrease the risk of mortality for both coronary heart disease (CHD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) among post-menopausal women.

Apples can also keep Alzheimer’s away. According to a research, a group of chemicals found in apple can protect the brain from the type of damage that triggers neurodegenerative diseases.

Apples help increase health and vitality to keep the body active throughout the day. The phytochemicals present in the fruit lower the risk of diabetes and asthma.

The skin of the apple contains pectin, that can help remove toxic substances from the system by supplying galacturonic acid. Pectin helps prevent protein matter in the intestine from spoiling.

Apple contains malic acid and tartaric acid, that prevent liver and digestive disorders.