Benefits of Apples

appleAN END TO HAY FEVER: Two apples a week offers defense against ragweed and other autumn allergens. The credit goes to each apple's megadose of quercetin, a bioflavonoid that stabilizes the body's mast cells. This hinders their release of inflammatory histamine, nixing sniffles, wheezing and itchy eyes.

EFFORTLESS SLIMMING:In a Brazilian study, women who ate an apple before meals lost 33% more weight than those who did not. Apples are rich in pectin, a soluble fiber that converts to a sticky substance in the gut. This slows the release of sugar into the bloodstream, delaying satiety by 32%.

TAUGHT, YOUTHFUL SKIN:Anti-inflammatory proanthocyanidins in apple peels are proven to soothe facial redness. Plus, the fruit's rich stores of vitamin C help the body synthesize skin-plumping collagen. Studies suggest that these dual processes can visibly improve skin's texture, firmness and radiance by up to 65% in just 3 weeks. apple

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