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Healthy Holidays with Healthy Apples

Healthy Holidays with Healthy Apples

Hi again folks,

Just a quick note to share how it IS easy to stay healthy this holiday season, and here’s how….

You’ve heard the saying, “an Apple a day,  keeps the doctor away,” right?
Of course you know I didn’t mean your Apple iPhone or iPad …..Right ?!
Of course !

And this advice has transcended generation after generation as a staple to good health and longevity.

Now, what people didn’t know – and it took researchers a long time to discover – is that apples carry a lot MORE health benefits than once thought.

In a minute, you will discover a new component of apples that has the research community in a buzz over these latest results!

But first, here is a little bit of information that you may not know about your favorite little red, green, or yellow fruit…

Health Benefits of Apples

You know if you want to be healthy, you need a wide variety of nutrients in order to maximize your health.

Nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and countless others are responsible for improving your insides as well as your outside.

Apples – which are a perfect low-calorie snack food, by the way – have been shown to improve health in a number of different ways.

First, one of the main components of apples happens to be water.

Now, water itself helps to keep you hydrated throughout the day – which is important for maintaining normal function in your cells.

Also, when you consume a lot of water – in food or by drinking – it fills up your stomach, which leaves you feeling full instead of hungry.

And this may prevent you from OVEREATING!

Next, apples are chock full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which again are necessary for normal cellular functioning.

Plus, they are good for reducing inflammation (antioxidants), fighting off nasty viruses, and reducing the effects of free radical damage (shown to increase inflammation).

The apple peels also makes them an excellent source of fiber – which also fills you up and helps with normal digestion.

Now, one nutrient found in apples – pectin – is a fat soluble type of fiber that accounts for almost 50 percent of the fiber found in apples.

Pectin has been associated with decreasing fat in your blood (lower cholesterol levels) – therefore giving you heart-health benefits.

However, researchers have found a new nutrient in apples that may increase lean muscle tissue and increase the activity of a special fat in your body!

Apples, Brown Fat, and Weight Loss

For a long time, apples have been a staple in the diets of people looking to lose weight – which is very understandable.

They are low in fat and calories, high in water, and have plenty of fiber – which makes this a perfect fat fighting food.

However, there have been some very exciting findings as of late.

A nutrient found in apples – called ursolic acid – has been making headlines as of late.

Ursolic acid – which is found in the skin of apples – has been shown in some studies to help you burn more calories.

Here are some quick highlights of the study:

They found that ursolic acid – when added to high-fat fed mice – were able to increase lean muscle mass…

Increase BOTH fast and slow muscle fibers…

And, increase grip strength AND exercise capacity!

But, here is where it gets interesting:

Ursolic acid also was shown to increase brown fat stores on the subjects’ bodies!

This may have been responsible for increasing energy expenditure…

Reducing obesity…

Improving glucose tolerance…

And decreasing fat storage in their livers!

The researchers concluded:

 
“These data support a model in which ursolic acid reduces obesity, glucose intolerance, and fatty liver disease by increasing skeletal muscle and brown fat, and suggest ursolic acid as a potential therapeutic approach for obesity and obesity-related illness.”
Eat Apples to Burn More Calories

As you already know, apples are a great addition to any weight loss plan.

Full of water, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, apples go a long way to support overall good health.

Now, however, a new nutrient discovered in the peel of apples may provide a new approach to fighting obesity and obesity-related illnesses.

Here’s to a Happy Healthy Holiday Season Everyone !!  🙂
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