Ever thought how beneficials can apple be in keeping your bones strong & healthy?
Let us elaborate that for you. In a recent French research, it was discovered that a flavonoid found exclusively in apples called phloridzin may protect us from osteoporosis by improving inflammation markers and increasing bone density.
A medium sized apple also provides 15 percent of the recommended daily allowance of both fiber and vitamin C, and a variety of bone-building polyphenols, trace minerals and flavonoids.
Vitamin C is essential for the production of collagen, which helps maintain muscles, blood vessels, bones and cartilage. It also supports liver function and promotes the production of glutathione, a compound that fights toxins in the liver. Fiber also moves toxins through the intestinal tract and helps to prevent them from being circulated to the liver. Ensuring liver health is a good way to ensure bone health as poor liver function has been connected to osteoporosis.
Numerous books have been written about the benefits of vitamin C and fiber, and apples are known to be a good source of both. But the unique combination of antioxidants such as polyphenols and flavonoids, plus valuable bone-building minerals is what really makes the apple a bone healthy powerhouse.
A good example is boron, a trace mineral found in apples which supports the function of important bone-healthy nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and vitamin D.
They are also a good source of polyphenols, which have been shown to increase the production of osteoblasts. In fact, apples are one of the most potent fruit sources of polyphenols. And a study conducted in France has shown that phloridzin, a polyphenol exclusively found in apples and especially concentrated on apple peels, can prevent bone loss.