Apples for Better Health

By Charlie Nardozzi

The old adage "An apple a day, keeps the doctor away," is gaining more validity as Cornell University researchers find more health benefits from eating fresh apples. Recent research suggests that eating apples may help prevent breast cancer. This is the latest in a line of health benefits attributed to this popular fruit. Apples have also been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer and increase brain functioning, including memory and learning.

In this recent study, researchers fed the human equivalent of 1, 3, and 6 apples a day to rats infected with cancer tumors in a laboratory experiment. Apples are one of the many fruits that are known to contain phytochemicals to help prevent cancer. In this test the rats consuming apples had a greater reduction in the incidence and number of breast cancer tumors than those not fed apples.

For more information on the health benefits of eating apples, go to the: U.S. Apple Association.

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