An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

I’m pretty sure most of you mamas went apple picking with the fam last month. Yay for you because the benefits of this fruit are endless - from whitening teeth to a healthier heart! My daughter goes through about a dozen a week - not even joking!

Here are just 5 reasons you should be chomping on apples:

1. Reduce High Blood Pressure

Moms, we know our kids can make our blood pressure rise (both positively and negatively) and since apples are high in potassium, a mineral that helps control blood pressure, they can ultimately help reduce our risk of stroke .

2. Heart Health

Apples may help slow the oxidation process that is involved in the build up of plaque that leads to heart disease. So go ahead and stock up!

3. Strengthen Bones

A flavanoid called phloridzin, found only in apples, may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis. This is also linked to improving bone density.

4. Supports Weight Loss

An apple is loaded with fiber, which can keep you mommies feeling fuller longer. Plus, one component of an apple's peel (which also has most of the fiber) is something called ursolic acid, which was linked to a lower risk of obesity.

5. Boost Your Family’s Immune System

Apples are considered a good source of immune system-boosting vitamin C, with over 8 mg per medium-sized fruit, which amounts to roughly 14% of your daily-recommended intake. It’s flu season, so keep some apples handy!

These are only 5 benefits to this incredible fruit. There are so many more reasons why apples should be a staple in your diet. Eat them or juice them … just make sure the whole family can enjoy them too!