We have all heard the old Welsh proverb, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but why is this? What is it about the apple? They are one of the most grown and eaten fruits in the world. They are know as a power food and miracle food.
Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. They are a rich source of calcium, which is vital in pregnancy for baby’s healthy bone development.
Apples may help digestion in pregnancy. They contain insoluble fibre that can help digestion and keep your digestive system healthy. Vital when pregnant.
Apples can help your immune system stay strong and can do the same for your developing baby. They contain Vitamin C which is important for your immune system.
Apples may be a protection against Asthma for an unborn child, so stopping your child having an asthma attack later as they grow.
Apples are rich in Iron, necessary to stop anaemia developing. Anaemia is associated with low birth weight and early labour. Eating an apple a day could help to avoid this.
Apples when pregnant help keep a healthy heart. They also help to reduce heart burn, which can be worse when pregnant.
Apples are known for their detox properties, especially lead and mercury. Essential for a clean liver and healthy brain function.
Apples are a Power Food, providing quick energy from their carbohydrate content and they have the added benefit of being low in calories. Every pregnant woman benefits from the extra energy.
So what about the Cinnamon?
Cinnamon is great for flavour but it is also high on nutrition. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. It is loaded with Antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals.
It is one of the most used home remedies world wide. It is used to reduce “bad” cholesterol levels whilst “good” cholesterol remains stable.
Cinnamon is well know for its blood-sugar lowering properties, thus has a powerful anti-diabetic effect.
Cinnamon is known to help fight fungal and bacterial infections.
Small doses of Cinnamon are advised when pregnant, to help with common colds, coughs, a sore throat, nausea and joint pains. In fact, doctors recommend regular consumption of dalchini (cinnamon) during pregnancy to treat appetite loss, tooth pain and control cholesterol levels.
Not to be ignored, even English Breakfast Tea has benefits such as anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.