Never underestimate an apple
Before getting into the crux of this article, what you are
now about to read is probably the most essential and important piece of
information concerning apples.
If organic grown, all the vital health benefits are located
right under the skin of the apple. If conventionally grown all the detrimental
pesticides, herbicides and cancer causing sulfites are located right under the
skin of the apple.
So, should you choose to eat a conventionally grown apple,
you must peel the skin off the apple first and just eat the flesh of the apple,
which contains very little nutritional value. Personally, I would rather not
choose to eat a conventionally grown apple.
That being said, whatever color of apple you choose, as long
as it was organically grown, is extremely beneficial health wise.
Welcome to quercetin. Quercetin is an antioxident that stops
tumor cell growth and works against cancers of the lung, breast, liver and
In Hawaii, yet another study was done that found that people
who ate more apples and onions – both being high in quercetin – had a lower
risk of lung cancer.
The apple peel also stores natural plant compounds called
triterpenoids, which either kills or slows the growth of cancer cells.
If you prefer apple juice better than eating the whole
apple, go with organic cider that is unfiltered. It is made from shredded whole
apples including the peel.
Another incredible ingredient in the humble organic apple is
pectin. Pectin is a soluble fiber in apples that is another cancer-fighting
Pectin is usually used as a gelling agent for jams and
yogurt and although it can kill up to 40% of cancer cells, it does not kill
Organic apples are also essential in the battle against high
cholesterol and heart disease.
These incredibly super nutrients will help your heart by
lowering inflammation and keeping blood platelets from sticking together. In
fact, the flavonoids in apples, along with other fruits and vegetables, nuts
and herbs, work as antioxidents benefiting your heart because they stop the
oxidation of LDL cholesterol – the “bad” kind – and protect against hardening
of the arteries.
If you have seen oatmeal ads, you have been told that
soluble fiber like pectin and psyllium husk helps lower cholesterol because it
soaks up water in the intestines and forms a gel or a gooey mass that slows
down digestion. This equates to the slower digestion of starches and sugars,
which means that cholesterol levels go down over time.
Oh yeah, research has found that adults who eat apples and
apple products have less abdominal fat as well as lower blood pressure and a
reduced risk for developing metabolic syndrome, which can lead to chronic
diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
Bear in mind that what is lacking in your diet could be as
much of a problem as what’s in it.
This is the case with boron, a trace mineral that many diets
lack. Boron will help you use calcium, magnesium and vitamin D, all vital for
strong bones and joints. And guess what?
Too little boron puts you at greater risk for arthritis.
Osteoarthritis happens when cartilage, the slippery tissue
that cushions your joints, starts to break down. This can lead to fluid pockets
and misshapen bones around your joints and pain and stiffness in your joints
like the knees, hips, fingers, feet and spine, mean a lifetime of work and play
that has taken its toll. So, people that live in places where there is less
boron in the soil and thus also less in plant foods like apples, have a greater
risk of arthritis.
But there is good news: you can get an excellent helping of
boron in apples and apple juice, which may ease arthritis symptoms. In the SAD
(Standard American Diet), apples and apple juice rank in the top 10 boron
sources, along with peanut butter, beans, potatoes and orange juice. And the
food sources are the best.
Next on the list is fiber. You know, the tough stuff that
gives carrots and celery their crunch and whole wheat bread its heartiness but
which is totally lacking in flesh and dairy products.
There are two kinds of fiber: soluble and insoluble.
The soluble fiber from oats, barley, bananas. dried beans
and apples, forms a gel in your intestines to move out fatty substances.
The insoluble fiber from wheat bran, brown rice, broccoli
and yes, apples, is called roughage. Rather than break down completely during
digestion it, instead, holds on to water and bulks up stool. It kind of acts
like a broom sweeping food through your intestines quickly.
Both soluble and insoluble fiber are essential in preventing
As previously stated, apples provide both types of fiber –
about two-thirds insoluble and one-third soluble in the form of pectin. A whole
medium apple will give you about four
grams of fiber. Remove the peel and you are down to two grams.
Since 1980, apple juice consumption has doubled, while fruit
consumption has declined. But apple juice is missing some of the great stuff
you get in apples. One cup of apple
juice has only a quarter of a gram of fiber but more sugar than the whole fruit
has. The juice will make diarrhea worse, so be safe not sorry.
So, A is for apple and antioxidents, and B is for boron,
which you need for your brain. Because apples are powerful in antioxidents,
they will help your brain make more acetylcholine, which acts like a neurotranmitter
in relaying messages to other nerve cells in your brain.
People with Alzheimer’s disease build up a protein in their
brain called beta amyloid, which forms sticky patches on their nerves. The high
levels of beta amyloid result in less acetylcholine, which means less messages
being relayed to other nerve cells in the brain.
Eating apples at every stage of life will help keep your
lungs strong and healthy because the phytochemicals abounding in apples work by
reducing inflammation in the airways leading to less wheezing and asthma.
In fact, studies done in Finland, Wales, England, the USA and
Singapore all had similar results: eating apples helped people breathe better.
New evidence has been revealed that pregnant women who eat lots of apples have
a stronger chance of protecting their babies from wheezing or developing asthma
in childhood. Of course, once vaccinations come into play, all bets are off.
It is never too late to begin your apple-a day habit. So
many seniors suffer with breathing trouble caused by chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD). This is the technical term for both emphysema and
chronic bronchitis, and it’s the fourth most common cause of death in the US.
The experts think that the antioxidants in apples help
repair lung damage that can lead to COPD..
And yes, an organic apple a day will keep the doctor away
and two teaspoons of organic sulfur crystals will keep asthma, cancer, joint
pain, headaches, low energy and astigmatism at bay.
But then again, if all else fails, the Democrats say there’s
always Obamacare, if we can find it again.