People have been consuming apples for about 4,000 years, since they were first cultivated in the area of Central Asia now called Kazakhstan.

It’s great to eat apples year round, considering their many health benefits. They’re high in fiber and pectin, vitamin C, beneficial antioxidants, flavonoids, and phytonutrients. In fact, compared to other commonly consumed fruits in the U.S., apples rank second highest in antioxidants. They also rank highest in their healthy phenolic compounds.

There are five great reasons to make apples a part of your day.

Prevent constipation
Apples are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber, which adds to bulk.

Regulate blood sugar
Apples have metabolic benefits that help regulate blood sugar and reduce the risk of Type II diabetes. The phytonutrients in apples help prevent spikes in blood sugar in three ways. First, they inhibit enzymes involved in the breakdown of complex carbohydrates into simple sugars. Second, they stimulate the pancreas to produce insulin. Third, they decrease the absorption of sugars into the bloodstream.

Lower stroke risk
In one study involving 9,208 men and women, researchers found that those who ate the most apples over a 28-year period had a lower risk for thrombotic stroke.

Boost your energy
Apples can be good for natural energy. The vitamin C and phenols counter the effects of oxidative stress and the malic acid content is good for muscle energy. Apples also help satisfy your hunger.

Support oral health
Eating apples naturally cleans the teeth and helps control food odors and bad breath. It also promotes saliva, which is good for oral health and digestion.