Skip to main content

AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY?????



"An Apple a day keeps the doctor away."

There is a economic burden that is growing each day and a drastic change in the lifestyle has led to increase in morbidity. There has been an increasing interest in natural alternatives (fruits and vegetables) to combat and even, prevent disease.

Among  various fruits, Apples are one of the most popular fruits in the world having mythological and religious significance in  many cultures, including that of Norse, GreeK and European Christian.

At present, there are at least 7500 different varieties that vary in shape, color, texture, acidity, juiciness, sweetness, nutritional value etc. They are consumed in various forms, i.e. as fresh fruit, juice, wine, other processed foods etc.

India is the sixth largest producer and consumer of apples in the world. It has been regarded as a beneficial for people's health due to the poly phenol content, justifying old proverbs like "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" or "eat an apple on going to bed, and you will keep the doctor from earning his bread."

Phytochemicals like carotids, flavonoids, isoflavonoids and phenolic acids serve as the key protective elements in the fruits and vegetables. Apples ranked the second for total concentration of phenolic compounds, and perhaps more importantly, they have the highest portion of free phenolics when compared to other fruits.

This means that these compounds are not bound to other compounds in the fruits and phenolics may be more available for eventual absorption into the bloodstream. The phenolic content vary among different cultivators, within different tissues of the fruit, growing conditions, cultural practices, ripening during harvesting, post harvest storage conditions, and processing. Several research findings have shown that apple peel contains more antioxidants and antioxidant capacity than the pulp fraction or the whole.
Various studies have linked the consumption of apples with reduced risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthma and diabetes. Its strong antioxidant activity has led to inhibition of cancer cell proliferation, decrease lipid oxidation and lower cholesterol.

Association with Oral health
Apple has a two way mechanism in maintain oral health.
  • Its action on streptococcus mutans ( the main pathogen for dental caries and periodontal disease).
  • Antioxidant activity
Action on streptococcus mutans
The polyphenol content of apple has shown significant inhibitory effect on the adhesive property of streptococcus mutans onto the tooth surface by inhibiting the production of extracellular glucans from dietary sucrose through the action of glucosyl transferase(gtf) enzyme. This property of apple can significantly help in preventing plaque formation.

Antioxidant activity
Oxidative stress in the oral cavity has led to increase activity of oral cancer, dental caries and periodontal disease. Apple has a high antioxidant property and consumption of this fruit has shown increase in the total antioxidant property of the saliva thus causing a local rise of available antioxidants which can help in preventing various oral diseases.

To summarize, the benefits of apple on general health have been time tested and a proven fact. however, in the recent years, interests on its effect on oral health has led to an understanding that consumption of apple and apple products can prevent various chronic oral diseases like cancer, periodontal disease and dental caries as well as maintain oral health.

For more details visit our website ,  Facebook page or call us on 011-47523823.
Thanks for your precious time. Subscribe for more Dental health related information.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Facing Bad Breath Problem!!!!! Here is the solution........

Have you ever wondered when you wake up in the morning and experience a bad taste or foul smell from your mouth. When you see yourself in mirror and check your tongue and find white-yellowish covering over it.   Bad breath, called Halitosis results from poor dental health habits. And it can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits. Millions of bacteria live in the mouth, particularly on the back of the tongue.The mouth's warm, moist conditions are ideal for the growth of these bacteria. Hence cause bad breath in the mouth.
REASONS FOR BAD BREATH :
1. Poor dental hygiene

Damaged toothbrushes leading to poor oral hygiene.Improper brushing and flossing can lead to food lodgement between the teeth which further leads to cavities and periodontal problems.  Going straight to sleep after eating, without brushing your teeth and cleaning your mouth results in poor oral hygiene.
2. Infections in the mouth

GUMS INFECTION
Infections can be caused by…

will my teeth get SENSITIVE after scaling(cleaning)??????

These days a major query is arising among patients is SENSITIVITY AFTER SCALING.
 i must say the results after scaling may vary from patient to patient as if in a patient deposition is deep i.e under gums "which requires deep cleaning" will show sensitivity. BUT if the deposition of plaque and tartar is only on superficial areas of teeth then there isno chance of senstivity
sensitivity is basically due to deep cleaning in which scaling along with root planing is performed,which involves the use of tools between the gums and tooth roots to remove plaque nad tartar on root surfaces.
Taking good care of your teeth after a deep cleaning treatment helps your gums heal by reducing the common triggers of pain and sensitivity.For this you need to brush your teeth with soft bristles toothbrush and  antisensitive toothpaste while your gums are sore and at the same time avoid  eating foods and drinks that set off your sensitivity.
This treatment can cause minimal discomfort which usual…