HEALTH BENEFITS OF APPLE AS BRAIN NUTRITION
By Albert S.
Eating 2-3 apples a day, or drinking the juice, can help the brain to function well, so to reduce forgetfulness. Antioxidant compounds in apples, especially vitamin C and quercetin work as brain nutrition which prevents damage to the memory and brain function caused by oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress is not stress on your mind, but a condition of limited intake of antioxidants. This makes our bodies unable to neutralize free radicals, which is believed by nutritionist as trigger of a series of diseases, from cataracts to cancer.
A popular ancient expression “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is not just words. Benefits of apple is really amazing, because this fruit contains a number of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and is rich in antioxidants. So do not forget to eat an apple every day for your brain nutrition.
Benefits of apple has been known since Roman times. At that time, apple is often used as abstergent for digestive tracks. This is due to the tartar acid in apples. Tartar acid can inhibit the growth of diseases caused by bacteria in the digestive tract.
There are many other benefits of apple. Research shows that apples have high levels of quercetin. High levels of quercetin may increase antioxidant activity in blood. This can reduce LDL cholesterol levels that can damage the blood flow.
In addition to brain nutrition benefits, the high quercetin makes people who consume a lower risk of getting heart disease and stroke. According to experts, quercetin also has anti-arteriosclerosis and anti-thrombotic effects.
The content of quercetin was said to inhibit certain types of cancer. Smokers by experts are encouraged to consume lots of apples. This is because apples being rich in flavonoids and quercetin, which can prevent the blood vessel wall damage caused by tobacco. Additionally, in the Chinese medicine theory, apple has a cooling effect for the lungs.
Soluble fiber called pectin in apples also can lower cholesterol levels. Pectin can bind bile acids and carried out through the feces. Pectin in apples are also useful in controlling blood sugar.
While having the benefits of apple, you may want to eat in form of nice cocktail or crepe. The following are the recipes:
Apple Cocktail Recipe – for 10 servings (1 serving = 238 calories)
500 grams of apples, diced
300 grams pineapple, diced
300 grams of pear, diced
1 tablespoon lemon juice / lemon
1.5 liters of water
5 pieces of red peppers and
1 teaspoon shrimp paste, mashed
1.5 tbsp salt
250 grams brown sugar
200 grams granulated sugar
100 ml acid water
Boil sauce ingredients until boiling then lift.
Pour into the sauce a fruit that has been cut and lime juice. Let cool. Store in refrigerator.
Serve with ice cubes.
Fried Apples Crepe – for 10 servings (1 serving = 110 calories)
100 grams of wheat flour
250 ml milk
1 tablespoon margarine, melted
250 grams of apple, diced small
2 tablespoons lime juice
75 grams sugar
Half teaspoon of cinnamon powder
For the crepes: Mix the flour and eggs. Stir. Pour the milk little by little until exhausted. While stirring, enter the melted margarine, stir well. Heat a teflon pan. Pour the batter thinly. Set aside.
For the mixes (content): Mix apples, sugar and lime juice. Cook over low flame. Give cinnamon powder. After the apple is soft, remove from heat.
Fill each of batter crepe with above apple mixes. Fold up like spring rolls. Fry until golden brown. Lift and serve.
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