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Apples are great for your gut

From stomach to colon – the whole gut health benefits of apples

A new scientific study has summarised the significant gut health benefits of apples to the whole of our digestive tract. Bringing together lots of published research, the study published in the journal, Molecules, is yet another great reason to eat an apple a day.

Here’s the summary of the benefits of apple polyphenols* on gut health:

Stomach benefits

  • Alleviates the changes caused by NSAIDs, like ibuprofen
  • Helpful in healing gastric ulcers

Small intestine benefits

  • Alleviates the changes caused by NSAIDs, like ibuprofen
  • Beneficial effects on hyperglycaemia (high blood glucose levels which over the long term can result in kidney and cardiovascular damage)
  • Strengthens the gut barrier

Colon benefits

  • Alleviates the changes caused by NSAIDs, like ibuprofen
  • Beneficial effects on ulcerative colitis by relieving mucosal damage and counteracting injury to the colon
  • Positive impact on gut microbiota
  • Suppressing cancer cells in colon cancer 

What’s also interesting in this new study is the fact that the polyphenols in the apples retain their active benefits even as travel through our bodies. That seems to be why they have a positive effect from the stomach all the way down.

So, grab your British apple superfood and treat your gut today.

Read more about the heart health and other benefits of apples. 

*Polyphenols are antioxidants found naturally in apples – especially the skin. They have been shown to have benefits beyond gut health, including on heart health.