Times of Oman
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Apple of your eye
February 27, 2013 | 12:00 AM

You probably first experienced its delightful flavour as a baby when applesauce introduced you to real food and now you think apples as old friends. Grown throughout the world, apples are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants; they are fat free, cholesterol free and also low in sodium. In short, eating apples is a smart part of healthy lifestyle.

Regulates your day
You don't have to worry about staying regular anymore — whether your problem is visiting the bathroom too often or not often, apples can help. Just one apple with its skin contains 4-5g of fibre — the most important nutrient in keeping your bowels working like a well- oiled machine. Keeping yourself regular without relying on harmful laxatives could be as easy as replacing that afternoon snack of potato chips or cookies with a crisp, delicious apple. But that's not all —apples can do  they are also good for diarrhoea, thanks to an ingredient called pectin which has a congealing effect in your intestines that helps things firm up and the best apple product for diarrhoea, since it's made without the high fibre skin.

Keeps your body young
By now you know how antioxidants can protect you from many of the diseases that seem to be a part of aging. Researches indicate that a fresh apple has more than 15 times the antioxidant power of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C.

So why waste money on flavourless supplements when you get better antioxidant firepower from a sweet, crunchy fruit?

Cuts your risk of heart disease
Sometimes it is hard to remember which food is good for which part of your body. The next time you pick up an apple, examine it carefully. It is shaped a bit like a heart and that should help you remember apples are good for your heart.

It is the magnesium and the potassium in apples that help regulate your blood pressure and keep your heart beating steadily and it's the flavonoid quercetin, a naturally occurring antioxidant that protect your artery walls from damage and keeps your blood flowing smoothly.

Strikes at the heart of strokes
Apples are even a smart choice for helping avoid strokes. It is not sure which ingredient in this multi-talented fruit to credit but the connection is clear — people who eat apples regularly are less likely to have strokes than people who don't.

Protects your joints
In areas of the world where fruits and vegetables make up a large part of the diet, very few people get arthritis.  Pair an apple with boron rich foods like a few tablespoons of peanut butter and a large handful of raisins and you will not only have a delicious afternoon snack but you will make your joint-saving quota of boron at the same time.

Helps you breathe deeply
Your lungs are assaulted everyday by smoke, pollution, pollen, and other air-born nasties. On top of that perhaps you suffer from asthma, emphysema or similar lung condition. If all you want to do is take a deep breath, then grab an apple. Unfortunately, eating apples can't reverse a lung condition you already have but you just might add a new line of defence against further damage. 

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