With certainty, apples are one of the healthiest fruits in the world. In fact, one apple provides 10% or more of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C and fiber. What’s more, its nutrients are rich in anti-cancer characteristics; they strengthen the immunity, encourage weight loss, and prevent damage caused by free radicals.
Apples have phytochemicals, vitamins, and antioxidants as well. The flesh and the peel can prevent and treat a lot of health problems like heart disease, asthma, obesity, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and lung cancer.
Its peel has triterpenoids that have anti-cancer properties, especially when it comes to liver, colon, and breast cancer prevention. When regularly consumed, apples reduce the risk of certain cancers. And, believe it or not, the seeds can also be of great help in the fight against malignant diseases.
Namely, this is because they contain vitamin B17, a nutrient also present in apricot kernels, buckwheat, strawberries, and cashews. This vitamin prevents cancer by inhibiting the growth of the tumor. Known as amygdalin or laetrile, vitamin B17 is a glycoside which is present in seeds of plants of the prunasis family, for example, apples and apricots.
This vitamin interacts with other vitamins and antioxidants and removes harmful cells from the body. However, it also contains cyanide which may be dangerous if consumed in large amounts. In smaller amounts, cyanide is detoxified by the body’s enzymes.
The seeds of apples have laetrile which releases cyanide into the bloodstream when chewed and digested, but, as said previously, small amounts cannot be harmful. Then, the vitamin is released in the body and targets the mutated cells, which prevents the growth of cancerous cells and tumors. What’s good about this vitamin is that it only targets the cancerous cells, not the healthy ones.
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