Apples are an amazing source of vitamins and nutrients. Studies have shown that one fresh apple has the antioxidant properties equal to taking 1500 mg of vitamin C. This statement does not mean apples have 1500 mg of vitamin C. This means the combination of plant chemicals called phyto-chemicals produce similar effects. What strikes me the most is that these phyto-chemicals are primarily located in the skin of the apple rather then the flesh. Scientist in my opinion always seem to single out one compound, yet there is still not a single one that has a protective effect by itself. It is the mixture that makes something useful to the body.
Here you can see how apples phyto-chemicals compare to the rest of common fruits. what is most interesting to me is even though apples are considered to be high in antioxidants they rank low on the chart when compared to most berries. So if you goal is to keep the doctor away apples are a great choice but if you are lucky enough to get your hands on acai berries that would be ideal.