From: Tinamarie Bernard, Green Prophet
Published March 9, 2011 08:24 AM

Eco-Sexy Nutrition: An Apple a Day Increases Lifespan by 10%

Nutritious and delicious, apples now have more promising benefits to impart: increasing lifespan by up to 10%. Research published in ACS's Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry reports that, "consumption of a healthful antioxidant substance in apples extends the average lifespan of test animals, and does so by 10 percent. The new results, obtained with fruit flies — stand-ins for humans in hundreds of research projects each year — bolster similar findings on apple antioxidants in other animal tests."



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.

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.

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