A study by Cornell University researchers suggests that fresh apples may be better than high doses of vitamin C when it comes to antioxidant power The research team found that apple extracts were able to prevent certain cancer cells from growing in the lab. Antioxidants, which include vitamins C, E, and beta carotene, help neutralize unstable particles known as free radicals, which can damage cells and have been linked to the development of heart disease and cancer. The study found that one apple had the antioxidant power of 1,500 milligrams of vitamin C--a dose 16 times higher than the recommended daily allowance for the vitamin.
The researchers looked at how extracts from whole apples affected cancer cells of the colon and liver growing in the laboratory. They found that the extracts, especially those from apples with the skin left on, slowed the growth of cancer cells. Naturally occurring compounds in apples called phenolic acids and flavonoids are likely responsible for antioxidant and possible cancer fighting effects. Sounds like it
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