A review of 40 studies has found that eating an apple a day can lower the risk of developing five different cancers.
Scientists found people who ate at least one apple a day were much less likely to get lung, bowel, mouth, digestive tract or breast tumors than people who rarely or never eat the popular fruit. The biggest benefits were seen in cancers of the stomach and esophagus, where the risk of tumor development was almost cut in half. They also found that lung tumor rates among daily apple eaters were about 25% lower, while breast cancer cases were cut by a fifth.
Apples are a rich source of phytochemicals, naturally occurring plant substances thought to have potent anti-cancer properties. Apples are also high in flavonoids, compounds that are thought to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.
I also wrote about the great health benefits of apples with regard to supporting heart health and helping to prevent heart attacks a few months back.
As for the type of apples, it doesn’t matter what kind they are. And lucky for us, it’s apple season, so there are many varieties to choose from.
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