Let’s face it. Many of our favorite old clichés are pure nonsense.
I’ve watched a pot until it boiled. Ignorance most definitely isn’t bliss. And anyone who says money can’t buy happiness? Well, let’s just say they should visit the Cafe du Monde on Decatur St. in New Orleans, where only a few dollars will buy you the sheer bliss of their famous beignets.
But today, I want to talk about a different cliché. It’s ALSO been around a long time. And like those others I just mentioned, it sounds more than a bit far-fetched.
I’m talking about the classic, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Except, as unlikely as it may seem, new research finds there IS something to this particular old saw after all. Because it turns out apples could have the power to help block the two diseases seniors fear the most.
Ditch the doc with health-boosting “Eden Fruit”
Apples may have been Adam and Eve’s downfall. But these days, everyone loves Eden Fruit.
And it’s easy to see why. Apples are cheap, so they won’t bust your budget. They last “forever,” so you won’t find a pile of mush in your fruit bowl just days after shopping. And they’re available all year round, making them a good staple in your diet.
But forget all those benefits for now. Because as another old cliché reminds us, “it’s what’s on the inside that counts.” And inside of apples, you’ll find a potent blend of disease-beating nutrients.
In fact, apples are so nutrient-dense that two new studies reveal that developing your own apple habit could help protect you against both Alzheimer’s and heart disease.
In other words, an apple a day may indeed keep the neurologist AND cardiologist away.
Take a bite out of Alzheimer’s with apples
You know the old joke about how TV kills brain cells? Well, it turns out there’s a grain of truth in it.
Our bodies require some physical activity to help push oxygen and blood to our brains, where they can stimulate the growth of all-important neurons. And let’s be honest, the pandemic has transformed many of us into bigger couch potatoes than we’ve ever been before.
If you’re sitting around watching TV for hours on end, the neuron-building process can become far less efficient. And our brain health can suffer.
But that’s where apples can help.
In an animal experiment, a group of researchers watched in amazement as brain cells soaked up apple nutrients such as quercetin and DHBA. But it’s what happened next that REALLY caused jaws to drop. The cells used those nutrients to grow new neurons in essentially the same way that occurs with exercise.
The apple compounds enhanced neurons in the hippocampus. That’s the region we rely on for memory, learning, and even finding our way home. And it’s also a region that’s specifically hit hard by Alzheimer’s.
Don’t quit exercise for apples, of course. You should sneak in a few minutes of movement for every hour you’re seated. But adding apples to your snacking routine could provide your brain with some extra protection against Alzheimer’s.
Apples could help halt heart disease too
So an apple a day is good for your health. But a second study finds two may be even better.
Scientists gave 43 Brits with borderline high cholesterol two apples a day. After eight weeks, they had lower total cholesterol, lower LDL cholesterol, and lower triglycerides.
It was a more modest effect than what we see with statin drugs. But as I’ve explained before, a more gentle drop is often what we want because, in some cases, statins can send levels plummeting TOO LOW.
(For the truth about cholesterol… and why statins fail… check out my free report here. Chances are, even your OWN doctor doesn’t know this.)
But the apple heart benefits don’t end there. The nutrients in apples can also help cut inflammation and enhance blood flow. That’s why a study last year found an apple or two a day could help cut your risk of heart attack, stroke, and death from heart problems.
The only downside to apples is that conventional fruit is LOADED with pesticides and herbicides. And it’s not just on the surface either. Studies show these chemicals get DEEP inside the fruit.
But don’t avoid apples. Just go organic instead.