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10 Health Benefits of Apples – Proven by Science (+ 5 Delicious Apple Recipes)

Apples are popular not just because of their simple, delicate flavors. While apples are delicious, and can span from very sweet to incredibly tart, they are also incredibly healthy.

Apples are loaded with healthy phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Phytonutrients are plant-based compounds that can only be obtained through eating fruits and vegetables. They’re typically very good for your immune system. Vitamins and minerals give structure to our bodies and the systems operating within. Antioxidants help our body function more efficiently and prevent oxidative damage, which is what makes us age.

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Apples have been hailed for helping heal the body for centuries, but scientific method has only recently been able to extensively study the fruit. Many of the most important claims made about apples turned out to be true.

Apples can help with anything from repairing damaged tissues that can impair strength or vision, to maintaining a proper electrical current to the brain so it can communicate effectively.

Apples can help with anything from repairing damaged tissues that can impair strength or vision, to maintaining a proper electrical current to the brain so it can communicate effectively.

A particular nutrient of interest in apples is vitamin C. Scurvy – a deficiency of vitamin C – is a disease that often conjures images of swashbuckling pirates with missing teeth, bad gums, and scabbed arms. These are all symptoms of vitamin C deficiency, which often happened to seamen on long voyages when deprived of fresh food.

Why is vitamin C so important?

What’s the good thing about knowing the symptoms of scurvy? Almost everything vitamin C deficiency causes, can be reversed and, in healthy people, made even healthier – simply by eating a good supply of the vitamin Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and is responsible for a lot of the health benefits you’ll find in apples – stronger grums, healthier skin, and strong teeth just to name a few!

Considering apples are incredibly well-known for being healthy, it’s surprising how few nutrients they have in them. A lot of their nutritional value is from the single, potent vitamin/antioxidant that is vitamin C. Unfortunately, a huge number of people in modern society are deficient in vitamin C. 15 percent of the population in the United States is classified as deficient in vitamin C!

Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is one of the most well-known and commonly studied vitamins on the planet. It is responsible for a vast number of health-bolstering effects, and can even function on its own as an antioxidant.

Antioxidants prevent the symptoms of aging by fighting oxidative damage, which occurs during natural periods of stress. Oxidative damage gradually reduces the function of organs, tissues, and cells, causing the slow degradation of the human body.

Preventing this oxidation is the key activity – and appeal – of antioxidants. They fight the underlying cause of pretty much every type of natural aging, and can greatly extend the human lifespan. Vitamin C, in particular, is good at

  • Bolstering the strength and improving the appearance of your hair
  • Increasing the health of your teeth and gums
  • Strengthening your skin, making it appear young and healthy
  • Increasing the speed with which your body heals injuries

While apples have an impressive amount of vitamin C – around ten percent of our daily value per apple – and fiber – almost 4 grams of insoluble fiber, and half a gram of soluble – they’re also impressively low in other nutrients. They only have trace amounts of the B complex, biotin, vitamin E, chromium, copper, and potassium. The amount of these nutrients present isn’t enough to bother supplementing apples to fix a deficiency.

Antioxidants in apples and their effects on human health

It’s not just vitamin C that helps your body ward off the unpleasant symptoms of scurvy. You may wonder how else apples can help you, if their main nutrient is only vitamin C?

Despite having a very small profile of nutrients and minerals apples have a ton of components that bolster our abilities as humans. These aren’t vitamins and minerals, though – most of them are antioxidants.

  • Polyphenols

Polyphenols are divided into two subtypes – flavonoids and non-flavonoids. Many of the polyphenols in apples are found in the skin – so make sure you don’t peel them before eating them, or you’ll be peeling off a lot of the health benefits!

Apples are responsible for about a fifth of the total polyphenols consumed in the United States. Among apple’s polyphenols are

  • Quercetin glycoside, responsible for fighting atherosclerosis and maintaining healthy blood pressure and blood sugar.
  • Phloretin glycoside, another flavonoid commonly found in all varieties of apples, helps the body’s immune system function and helps excrete waste effectively and efficiently.
  • Chlorogenic acid speeds up your body’s metabolism while simultaneously slowing the absorption of fat, making it an ideal antioxidant for people hoping to lose weight.
  • Epicatechin is an antioxidant capable of mimicking insulin and can consequently improve heart health and help fight against diabetes.

Different varieties of apples will have different antioxidant capacities. Of these different varieties, even individual batches will have different amounts. It’s possible to pick-and-choose different types of apples for the specific types of antioxidants that you require for your own personal choice of diet.

The variance of antioxidants will not differ too drastically, so you can be sure that the health benefits listed below will apply to most – if not all – apples.

Here are the 10 health benefits of apples, as backed by science.

  1. Apples can help you lose weight
  2. Apples can reduce LDL cholesterol
  3. Apples can improve mental health and intelligence
  4. Apples can prevent heart disease
  5. Apples can help you breathe better
  6. Apples can fight different types of cancer
  7. Apples can prevent diabetes
  8. Apples help bolster the body’s immune system
  9. Apples are potent anti-inflammatory agents
  10. Apples can fight allergies

To read more in-depth about each of the listed benefits above, and to learn some delicious apple recipes, click here.


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Google Works on a Glucose-Measuring Smart Contact Lens

Although smart wearables hit a plateau in 2016, it won’t be long before the market picks up again as research predicts that manufacturers will be looking at new ways to innovate wearables in the coming years. In fact, data presented by CCS Insight revealed that the wearables market will be worth $25 billion by 2019 as demand for health-focused sensors and technology is expected to grow further.

Wearable technology will branch out past the current smart headsets, smartwatches, and even fitness brands, as the next wave of devices will be more focused on specialized health assistance.

A particular long-awaited wearable device on the market is Google’s smart contact lens. The search giant and pharmaceutical company Novartis teamed up to develop the first smart contact lens that is said to assist patients with diabetes as well as those with eye problems. It is a contact lens with a built-in microchip that is able to measure the glucose level of patients non-invasively and correct eye issues, respectively.

The technology

While the world welcomed the emergence of smartwatches on the market, Google surprised the industry by announcing that they have plans to work on a smart contact lens that can monitor blood-sugar levels and correct vision in a new and innovative way.

The idea was a brainchild of Brian Otis, a former electrical engineering professor and a team leader at Google. His research group wants to take advantage of the possibility to shrink computer microchips, wireless antennas and other parts of the smart contact lens to ensure it won’t interfere with the user’s view.

Eye-care firm Alcon, a unit of Novartis, had licensed the technology from Google and sought regulatory approval of the device from the DFA. The Switzerland-based company will also be the one to produce the lens.

“The eye-mountable device is mounted on the pedestal such that the posterior concave side contacts the second end of the pedestal and the eye-mountable device is elevated from the base of the container,” reported Tech Times.

Stiff Competition

While the idea is extremely unique, Google needs to work faster in releasing their own smart contact lens. Apparently, another company is already working on producing the same technology and it will be compatible with their rival tech manufacturer, Apple.

Medical supply company EPGL also intends to develop a smart contact lens with compatible apps for the iOS platform. The technology will be projecting augmented reality applications to the user’s eyes.

While many predicted that Apple is working on a VR headset, CEO Tim Cook clearly feels that AR will be bigger than virtual reality and they have been working on it ‘behind the curtain’ for quite a while now.

Some industry experts even suggest that Apple were already making their recent handset, iPhone 7, ready for AR or VR head-mounted devices. It is believed to “foster wireless technology” with the introduction of the EarPods, which will power most future wearables in the coming years.

Although a lot of consumers were initially disgruntled by the removal of the device’s headphone jack, it remains one of the most popular handsets today with an overall rating of 4.1-star by O2 users, surpassing the rating given to other Android smartphones.

As Apple continues to focus on AR, it seems a smart contact lens by EPGL running iOS apps will certainly add competition to Google’s upcoming release. Who will dominate the market in 2017, remains to be seen.

Delays in development

Back in 2014, after the news of the partnership was revealed to the public, Novartis CEO Joe Jimenez mentioned that he hoped to see the smart contact lens released on the market within five years or so. He was then reported in 2015 saying that they were on track to begin testing in 2016.

However, a representative from the pharmaceutical firm recently revealed they had done away with their 2016 goal of testing the technology and their timelines have had to be moved back further due to unprecedented delays.

“It is too early to say when exactly human clinical trials for these lenses will begin,” a Novartis spokesperson told Reuters. “This is a very technically complex process and both sides are learning as we go along and will provide updates at the appropriate time.”

It is still unclear when they will start testing the technology. However that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anticipation for the new innovation as Google continues to aggressively explore the possibility of a glucose-sensing lens after their successful meeting with the FDA, the market is waiting for its arrival of what could be a groundbreaking piece of tech.

Exclusively written for Lyfbulb
by TechJeneration

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