antioxidants in other animal tests.”
We recently reported on the negative aspect of antioxidants: infertility.
Zhen-Yu Chen and colleagues note that damaging substances generated in the body, termed free radicals, cause undesirable changes believed to be involved in the aging process and some diseases. Substances known as antioxidants can combat this damage. Fruits and vegetables in the diet, especially brightly colored foods like tomatoes, broccoli, blueberries, and apples are excellent sources of antioxidants. A previous study with other test animals hinted that an apple antioxidant could extend average lifespan. In the current report, the researchers studied whether different apple antioxidants, known as polyphenols, could do the same thing in fruit flies.
The researchers found that apple polyphenols not only prolonged the average lifespan of fruit flies but also helped preserve their ability to walk, climb and move about. In addition, apple polyphenols reversed the levels of various biochemical substances found in older fruit flies and used as markers for age-related deterioration and approaching death
Chen and colleagues note that the results support those from other studies, including one in which women who often ate apples had a 13-22 percent decrease in the risk of heart disease.
The Aphrodisiac History of Apples
Besides anti-oxidants, apples are loaded with pectin. This helps prevent sugar crashes from eating less healthy snacks, and offers eco-sexy nutrition in the form of even energy distribution. Stories about the aphrodisiac properties of the apple are abundant and widespread. Since the time of the Garden of Eden, this fruit has been a symbol of sexuality and expulsion from grace. According to folk traditions, if a woman slept with an apple and persuaded the man she loved to eat the apple, he would fall madly in love with her.
And the ancient Greeks supposedly used an apple to demonstrate affection and intended engagement. If a warrior tossed an apple in the direction of a fair maiden, this meant she was quite literally, the apple of his eye.
Incidently, this year marks the sixth that apples grown in the Golan Heights are being exported to Syria.
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