Apple, Lime and Chia Smoothie

The pale green color of this smoothie. Granny Smith and lime make a great marriage and the yogurt and chia seeds make the sweet and tart smoothie substantial enough to get me through the morning.

Total time: About 3 minutes

1 organic Granny Smith or Pippin apple, cored and cut in chunks

1 teaspoon lime zest

1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar

1 teaspoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 cup plain low-fat yogurt

1 or 2 ice cubes

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Yield: Serves 1

Advance preparation: This is best when freshly made.

Nutritional information per serving: 335 calories; 5 grams fat; 3 grams saturated fat; 1 gram polyunsaturated fat; 1 gram monounsaturated fat; 15 milligrams cholesterol; 63 grams carbohydrates; 6 grams dietary fiber; 175 milligrams sodium (does not include salt to taste); 14 grams protein

Source: The New York Times

Health benefits of apple juice

We’ve all heard the old adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but does apple juice hold the same miraculous benefits?

We decided to find out and viola, listed below are the top 6 health benefits offered by apple juice.

 1: Reduces heart risk

Drinking a glass of apple juice helps prevent cholesterol formation in your blood vessels and arteries. This further helps in reducing the risk of developing two major causes of heart diseases-high cholesterol and plaques in the arteries.

2: Improves digestion

A glass of raw apple juice helps to clean the liver and kidneys by removing harmful toxins. Due to its cleansing properties, it helps you achieve a cleaner digestive system and you are better protected against liver and kidney diseases.

3: Helps in weight loss

If you are trying to shed some weight, then add apple juice to your diet. Apple juice is completely free of calories and fat and can lower cholesterol.

4: Provides energy

A glass of apple juice is packed with various essential nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, Vitamin E, vitamin K and folate. Due to their richness in all these nutrients, it helps to pack your body with lots of energy.

5. Lowers the risk of dementia

Various studies have showed that drinking apple juice regularly helps lower the risk of dementia in older people. Apple juice also slows down brain aging and helps keep it sharp for a longer time.

6: Improves vision

Apple juice is rich in vitamin A, which helps in improve eye health. Vitamin A helps protect your eyes from eye diseases and keeps your vision sharp.

Source; Times of India

Apple a Day Could Save Thousands of Lives: Study

The 150-year-old proverb “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” stands the test of time, say Oxford University researchers, and would be effective today in preventing heart disease among people over 50.

Using mathematical models, the researchers calculated that prescribing an apple a day to all adults aged 50 and over in the U.K. would prevent around 8,500 deaths from heart attacks and strokes every year.

They say this is similar to the 9,400 fewer heart deaths that would be seen if everyone over 50 who was not already taking them was given statins – modern cholesterol-lowering heart drugs.

This last figure uses the results of recent large study led by a different Oxford group which found that statins can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, including in people with low risk of heart problems.

Lead researcher Dr Adam Briggs of the BHF Health Promotion Research Group at Oxford University says: “The Victorians had it about right when they came up with their brilliantly clear and simple public health advice: ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.'”

He adds: “It just shows how effective small changes in diet can be, and that both drugs and healthier living can make a real difference in preventing heart disease and stroke.”

Although apples are more expensive than statins, the researchers conclude that an apple a day is able to match the more widespread use of modern medicine.

The researchers stress that no-one currently taking statins because they are at high risk of heart disease should stop, although they add: “by all means eat more apples.”

Maureen Talbot, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, an organization which funds the research group, agrees: “The ‘apple a day’ message has survived for over a century, though now we encourage people to eat five different fruits and vegetables a day, not just one apple.

“However, while fruit is undoubtedly good for you, it shouldn’t replace vital heart medicines, such as statins, prescribed by your doctor.

“This study reiterates that statins save lives. They are one of the safest medicines available and their benefits far outweigh any risks of side effects. If you’re unsure about your medication, speak to your doctor as there are often different types or doses you could try.”

The study was published in the Christmas edition of the BMJ medical journal.

Source: News Max health