They are also one of the many fruits that can help boost fertility.
Apple constituents have been shown to be active in a variety of reproductive systems, including uterine contractions, sperm motility, and oocyte maturation. In addition, apples can provide essential antioxidant activity by protecting biomacromolecules from free radical damage and pro-oxidant-generated cellular damage.
In a study published in the October 2012 issue of Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, rats were fed diets containing apple extract for 4 weeks before mating. Female rats that received the apple extract had fewer problems with implantation than those that did not receive the extract (41% vs. 8%). The number of implantation sites was also higher in treated animals.
In a study published in the January 2013 issue of the International Journal of Reproductive BioMedicine, male mice that received a tart cherry extract for 8 weeks prior to mating increased their sperm counts and motility as well as normal morphology. Furthermore, female mice treated with tart cherry extract exhibited increased egg maturation (oocyte meiosis). The researchers concluded that tart cherries may be helpful in the treatment of infertility.
The organic pigment in apples is called anthocyanin. In a study published in 2010, mice were fed a high-fat diet for 12 weeks and also the equivalent of two apples every day. The mice on the high-fat diet had a significant increase in their blood levels of LDL cholesterol, a decrease in HDL cholesterol and triglycerides, and an increase in atherosclerotic lesions compared to those that ate just one apple per day.
Apples are a very versatile ingredient. They can be used to make pies, tarts, apple sauce, or eaten as-is. Here are some recipes you can try:
Cinnamon Apple Fritters Recipe
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
5-7 apples, peeled and sliced
Melt butter in a large skillet. In a medium bowl, whisk together egg, milk, sugar, and cinnamon until smooth. In a separate bowl mix together flour, salt, and baking powder until well combined. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Place apple slices into the batter and coat. Shake off excess batter and place apple slices into the skillet. Fry on each side for about 3 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. Serve with powdered sugar and maple syrup.
Apple Pie Recipe –
This is a great dessert that can be made during fall. You will need:
1 pie crust
1 15 oz can apple puree
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all ingredients until well mixed. Pour into pie shell and bake for 50 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Apple is a very versatile fruit that can be used to make pies, tarts, apple sauce, or eaten as-is. The organic pigment in apples is called anthocyanin which has been shown to have various health benefits including helping regulate blood sugar levels, decreasing cholesterol levels, and maintaining healthy heart function.