Health Benefits: Apples fight Alzheimer’s.
Lucas Zarebinski for Reader's Digest
Apples contain quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that protects brain cells from degeneration in rats and might do the same in humans. Eat the skin to get maximum disease-fighting compounds.
Health Benefit: Apples prevent colon cancer.
When the natural fiber in apples ferments in the
colon, it produces chemicals that help fight the formation of cancer
cells, according to recent research from Germany. Other studies have
shown that one type of antioxidant found in apples, called procyanidins,
triggered a series of cell signals that resulted in cancer cell death.