Apples are easy to digest, since they contain acids that reduce fermentation in the intestines. Their high fiber content (3.7 grams of fiber from pectin, a soluble fiber) adds bulk that helps digestion, making elimination natural and comfortable. Apples contain pectin, a soluble fiber that supports the growth of helpful bacteria in the digestive tract.
Apples contain flavonoids, and antioxidants that improve immune function, prevent heart disease, and some cancers.
Green apples perform as a liver and gall bladder cleanser and may aid in softening gallstones.
Because apples contain a large amount of water, they are cooling and moistening and aid in reducing fever. Simply grate them and serve them to feverish patients.
Steamed apples sweetened with honey help dry coughs and may help remove mucous from the lungs.
Apple juice may protect against oxidative damage that contributes to age-related brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, and may help maintain our brain’s functioning. Eating apples and drinking apple juice may improve our brain’s health and mental ability to understand and reason throughout life.
Raw apples massage our gums and clean our teeth. Apples help our muscles, are a diuretic, laxative, ease diarrhea, and relieve rheumatic and stomach problems.
Hippocrates (about 400 BC), the Greek physician considered the father of medicine, was an advocate of nutritional healing. His favorite remedies were apples, dates, and barley mush.
Today medical practitioners appreciate the apple's abundant quantity of pectin as an aid in reducing high cholesterol as well as blood sugar. Apples are a wonder food for people with coronary artery disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes, and, apple juice may protect against asthma in children.
Unpeeled apples provide their
most plentiful nutrients just under the skin. Apples are a good source
of potassium, folic acid, and vitamin C.
A medium apple, approximately
5 ounces, has only 81 calories and a whopping 3.7 grams of fiber from
pectin, a soluble fiber. A medium apple supplies:
Potassium - 158 mg
Calcium - 9.5 mg
Phosphorus - 9.5 mg
Magnesium - 7 mg
Selenium - .4 mg
Also contains small amounts of iron, manganese, copper and zinc.