Eating Apple Lowers The Risk of Pneumonia

Regular intake of apples can lower the risk of pneumonia. Apples are a great source of vitamin C.

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Apples are the fruit packed with vitamin C. The new study revealed that the apples have anti-bacterial properties which will help to fight pneumonia bacteria. The research revealed that bacteria use a bleaching agent, Hydrogen peroxide.

The Lead researcher from Umea University, Nelson Gekara in Sweden said, “By using hydrogen peroxide to defeat the immune system, you could say that the bacteria are fighting with fire. The body itself also produces hydrogen peroxide as a defense against the bacteria.”

Streptococcus pneumonia is the main topic of the study commonly called pneumococci. It is the bacteria that causes the illness and weakness in the immune system. The pneumococci and other similar bacteria together attack inflammasomes, which is an important component in the Immune system.

Therefore, it was surprising to see that many types of bacteria actually use the same substance to overcome the body´s defenses,” he added. “One of the best-known substances with the ability to neutralize hydrogen peroxide and that could hence boost anti-bacterial immunity are vitamins such as Vitamin C found in fruits. Perhaps the old adage ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is not off the mark,” Gekara added.

Bacteria such as pneumococci release a large amount of hydrogen peroxide which weakens the immune system. In the study of journal Nature Communications, tested on mice, stated that manipulated bacteria produced a lesser amount of hydrogen peroxide. This will cause no effect on inflammasomes and as a result, the bacteria present in mouse lungs are cleared. Apples have proven to cure pneumonia. They are a great source of vitamin C and essential nutrients.


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