An Apple a Day

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The well-known saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” seems to be valid, as consumption of apples contributes to overall health and wellbeing, and more specifically protects us from 5 types of cancer (stomach, oesophageal, breast, lung and intestinal).

As published in the scientific journal, Public Health Nutrition, researchers from the University of Perugia in Italy analysed 41 previous clinical trials collectively, and found that participants who ate at least one apple a day had a 50% lower risk of developing stomach or oesophageal cancer, a 25% lower risk of lung cancer, a 34% lower risk of intestinal cancer and a 21% lower risk of breast cancer.

The flavonoids and powerful antioxidants found in apples protect our cells from oxidative stress, helping to reduce the risk of cancer. In fact, a healthy diet is proven to be one of the most important weapons against cancer.