While medical researchers spend their lives making discoveries that will improve our health, sometimes they discover that good food can be great medicine.
When it comes to apples, the good news gets better all the time. Apples can preserve memory and help to prevent asthma, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell say the big news about apples right now is its possible ability to keep Alzheimer’s disease away. Apples can increase production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, resulting in improved memory. Neurotransmitters are also vital for good health throughout the body. The UMass study mostly used apple juice.
Apples are the best source of quercetin, an antioxidant that protects brain cells against oxidative stress. This is a tissue-damaging process associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Drinking two cups of apple juice or eating three apples a day boosts production of quercetin. C.Y. Lee, professor and chairman of the Department of Food Science & Technology at Cornell University, says apples are among the best choices for fighting Alzheimer’s.
Lee says people should eat more apples, especially fresh ones. Red Delicious has a very high antioxidant content. Be sure to eat the skin. It can have 6 times more antioxidants than the flesh.
Apples are well-known cancer fighters and heart protectors. They reduce risk of diabetes, asthma, and tooth loss.
No-fuss apple-nut salad
Set out salad bowls for the number of salads you will make. Cut apples (with skins) into small chunks and drop into each bowl. Add chopped walnuts and tiny marshmallows. Mix.
In a separate bowl or large cup, slightly thin fat-free mayo with a little milk and sweeten to taste with sugar or sweetener. Mix well, then pour onto the individual salads. Serve immediately.