- EAT AN APPLE FOR YOUR OWN SAKE---DAY AND NIGH JUST LIKE A CAKE ---THIS NEW RESEARCH MAY NOT BE A FAKE : The Dutch-and Scottish study on the beneficial effect of apples on lung power of newly born children, as reported by Amy Winter, has added yet another benefit to the list of amazing health benefits of apples. Some time earlier, findings of the American researcher, Thomas B. Shea, of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, were published in the Journal Of Alzheimer's Disease, about the positive health effect of eating 2 to 4 apples a day. But neither in the new Dutch-Scottish nor the American study the researchers have identify the exact natural chemical(s) responsible for rendering their respective wonderful health-enhancing jobs. There is a common English proverb, “ONE-APPLE-A-DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY”. There is also a less familiar proverb which says : “EAT AN APPLE WHILE GOING TO BED---AND KEEP YOUR DOCTOR FROM EARNING HIS BREAD”. Apple juice is heart-healthy, according to another recent research conducted at University of California at Davis. In this recent clinical research, published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, it was found that apple juice and apples had similar positive heart-health effects as red wine and tea. The RED WINE is already well known to prevent Alzheimer’s disease if consumed moderately. A 12-week study with 25 healthy adults found that 12 ounces of 100% apple juice or two fresh apples per day slowed the oxidation of LDL CHOLESTEROL, which otherwise when somehow gets oxidized, it tends to clog the arteries, and thus increases the risk of heart disease. From this research one can understand that in order to maintain good health, eating of two apples ( or at least one apple, as per proverb ) per day is essential. Apple is a Pome ( fruit ) of the genus Malus belonging to the family ROSACEAE ( Rose flower family ), and is the most widely cultivated tree fruit. Most of the apples are of the species Malus domestica or Malus sylvestris or hybrids of them. It is an established scientific fact that besides other chemical components, the presence of QUERCETIN in apple plays multiple ‘magic ingredient’ roles. Different varieties of apples contain different quantities of QUERCETIN. In a recent U.S. study it was found that lung cancer risk fell by 58% in people who ate the most apples (A major source of Quercetin) compared with those who ate the fewest apples. It appears that the Dutch-Scottish researchers have overlooked the functioning of the phytochemical QUERCETIN.
(Posted on April 13, 2007, 8:50 am G. S. JOHAR)