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Jan Cullinane
Co-author, The New Retirement: The Ultimate Guide to the Rest of Your Life (Rodale)

Jan Cullinane is the co-author (along with Cathy Fitzgerald) of the best-selling book, The New Retirement: The Ultimate Guide to the Rest of Your Life (Rodale). Their book has been widely acclaimed and the first edition reached the number two rank on both Barnes&Noble.com and Amazon.com. The New Retirement was selected by The Washington Post (“Color of Money” columnist Michelle Singletary) as a book club selection. The second edition is now in print.

It Really Can Help Keep the Doctor Away

We all know the expression…”an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This is one adage with a lot of truth to it, and keeping the doctor away is something we Boomers certainly want to do. So, here are a dozen reasons to bite into that juicy McIntosh, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Winesap, etc.:

-Lower cholesterol (pectin, a soluble fiber)

-Lower blood pressure (quercetin, a flavanoid)

-Boost the immune system (quercetin)

-Prevent metabolic system (whole apple products including juice and applesauce)

-Fight cancer (antioxidants)

-Increase bone density (due to a flavanoid called phloridzin, and boron)

-Prevent/help control diabetes (pectin reduces body's need for insulin)

-Manage weight (filling, low calorie – about 80 calories for a medium apple)

-Improve lung function (antioxidants and catechins)

-Prevent wrinkles (procyanadin B-2)

-Promote growth of hair (procyanadin B-2)

-Promote regular bowel function (fiber)

Need a final reason – apples are delicious! As Henry David Thoreau said, “Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits.” Bon appétit!


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