The research says that the apples – fruit known to be healthy – they contain substances that can contribute significantly to elongation of life.
Apples, a reservoir of antioxidants
An old saying goes: an apple a day keeps the doctor away! It may not be true, but according to a study published by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, eating apples would increase life expectancy by 10%. The formation of free radicals or special highly reactive oxygen molecules, bringing our bodies to age due to the slow and progressive damage of cellular structures. Not only that, more free radicals are often associated with the onset of various diseases. To combat the formation of the radicals, the molecules are very important anti-oxidants. The apples are not the only one but a good source of these substances.
The study, conducted by researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, has assessed the effect of some special anti-oxidants, polyphenols, on the average lifespan of fruit flies, a model organism for genetic research in the human. The analysis showed that the polyphenols found in apples not only increased the average life expectancy of 10%, but preserves some key features like the ability to fly and navigate properly. In addition, the polyphenols in the fruits have been able to lower the level of molecules whose presence is associated to ‘ cellular aging.
Less cardiovascular risks for women who eat apples
The results of the analysis performed so far only in laboratory animals, greatly supports the beneficial effect of apples shown in another study stating that women who eat an apple a day, have a higher percentage of getting diseases cardiovascular reduced by 13-22%.