Boost Your Brain With Apples

Antioxidant-rich apples aren’t just keeping your body healthy, but your mind too! Several research studies have linked eating apples to improved brain health, including a reduced onset of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Quercetin, a powerful antioxidant found in apples, was found to protect brain cells against oxidative stress during an animal study conducted by Cornell University researchers back in 2004. Apples have particularly high levels of quercetin. Scientists believe that quercetin blocks free radicals, which when found in excess, can cause damage to the brain cells, as well as other cell types.

The skin of the apples contains the majority of the quercetin, as well as other beneficial antioxidants, and so it’s recommended that people eat the entire apple to reap all of its benefits.

Apples also boost the brain by protect against memory loss and lowering the occurrence of strokes. A 2013 research study (featured in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke), found that every 7 gram increase of dietary fiber lowered first-time stroke risk by 7 percent. One large sized apple has 5 grams of dietary fiber.