"An Apple A Day" Makes Your Fort Wayne Chiropractor Happy! 11/06/2012"An apple a day... "(Yes, you know the rest!)" ...keeps the doctor away." But you may get so many advantages from that apple! Just think if you couple an apple with a Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment... additional details on that in another article! For now, check out these recently documented nutritional benefits of eating apples. Slow Aging - Live Longer Free radicals spin around us in Fort Wayne. Apple's antioxidants (polyphenols) fend off the results of free radicals that add to the aging process. As a matter of fact, fruit flies (Crazy but true: fruit flies are often used in longevity trials!) were discovered to live 10% longer when they nibbled on apples! These small flies were even able to keep walking, climbing, and moving around longer. (1) Even an examination using yeast growth finds that eating the whole apple increases lifespan. (2) Fight Heart Disease Healthy, middle-aged adults ate one apple a day for 4 weeks and found their oxidized LDL (the "bad" cholesterol, the low density lipid, that leads to hardening of the arteries) lowered by 40%. (3) Apple pectin (water-soluble fiber) helps repress cholesterol from amassing in the blood vessel walls, thus lowering the risk of heart disease. (4) This advantage is likely due to the pectin’s mixing with other phytonutrients like quercetin in apples which is said to be anti-inflammatory which is good for the heart (and body!), too. (Too bad the Portuguese Bravo de Esmolfe apple isn't readily available in Fort Wayne! It was found to decidedly lower serum levels of triglycerides (27.2%) and total (21%) and LDL cholesterol (20.4%).) (5) Lose Weight Eating an apple 15 minutes before a meal reduces caloric intake at the meal by 15%. A medium apple is only about 120 calories. (4) And you want to eat the whole apple because apple juice or applesauce just don't cut it! The fiber from the whole apple makes you feel fuller. (4) So eat an apple today. Chop one up, and add it to a salad. Try apple slices with a slice of cheese. Binge a bit, and dunk an apple slice in some caramel dip. Apple pies and applesauce and apple butter are all delicious, too, but you can't get any better than whole apple for all its benefits. Share your apple stories and recipes with Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc at your next visit. We can all learn from each other! So, contact your Fort Wayne chiropractor soon!« View All Nutrition Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."