How did that age-old saying go? Ah, yes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.
Well, there may be truth in that after all, as apples enjoy one of the highest places when it comes to healthy fruit. So many versatile health benefits…and their delicious taste doesn’t hurt either.
Aside from the well-known health benefits which are combating atherosclerosis, and preventing diarrhea (especially in the case of children), they are also kings when it comes to helping the battle against many types of cancer. This includes:
- Stomach cancer
- Liver cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Breast cancer
Yep, apples certainly have something to boast about when it comes to maintaining your general health.
However, what is interesting to note is that not only the fruit itself, but also its leaves appear to be chock-full of medicinal abilities.
So, munch as much as you want on the juicy fruits, but you might also want to keep the leaves as well.
There is more use to you in keeping them than throwing them out. It turns out that one of its most notable properties is the fact that it can combat advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) activities.
What Are AGEs, you might ask?
It’s no secret that overeating and the obesity that follows are the two mains reasons for insulin resistance. But then there’s also inflammation and oxidative stress – both rather common triggers when the issue of diabetes arises.
But according to a recent study, there is a connection between the regular intakes of AGEs (advanced glycation end-products) and developing type 2 diabetes.
What exactly are they? They are the dangerous compounds which are the result of overexposing your food to high temperatures while cooking it. These can accumulate over the years and eventually cause inflammation which can, in turn, lead to the disease.
They form naturally inside our bodies during a process which is known as glycation. Basically, it is when the fats and proteins combine with the sugars. This is very harmful as it can have an effect on our normal cell functioning.
The cells are in danger of becoming become more susceptible to premature aging. And this is where the damage can occur. These harmful compounds are primarily found in animal products, particularly red meats, and basically anything high in protein and fat.
But the processed foods and those high in sugar content certainly do not fall behind. Any cooking methods which include overheating and browning your food (such as roasting, grilling, and broiling) can be the cause of AGEs.
So take heed when you want to ‘char’ any food.
So, How Can Apple Leaves Help With This?
Well, consuming them can decrease the activity of the advanced glycation end-products. The best way to consume them is to add them to the very healthy apple juice. Doing this can enhance the polyphenols in the aforementioned fluid.
And because polyphenols can enhance the power of apple juice in hindering diseases, anyone, not just those with diabetes, can benefit from them.
But other than being the enemy of AGEs, these leaves also have some beauty-related abilities. This is due to their antioxidant content which combats any aging signs.
Furthermore, thanks to the phloretin that the apple leaves contain, it makes the apple one of the natural antibiotics out there.
And lastly, if you crush the leaves and apply them to any minor wounds or scratches, you will be pleasantly surprised at their aid.
So remember not to ignore the leaves of the next tasty apple you chow down on.