An apple a day…does keep the doctor away but only if we eat it! My back garden fence overlooks a house that is home to several apple trees. The huge, red juicy fruit is left to drop and rot in the old orchard which is a big shame. I often wonder why the inhabitants of the house are not picking those apples and offering them to neighbours for free. Very selfish and wasteful if you ask me.
Anyway, the apple is a lovely fruit. Earl Mindell describes the apple as a fruit that the famous court physician: Galen prescribed to emperors and gladiators in the form of apple wine. Galen insisted that this was the cure to almost every ailment brought to his ‘surgery’. Perhaps not, but the apple is a very important part of one’s daily diet. For a start, it is good for digestion of food. It is also great to relieve diarrhoea. As apples are rich in soluble fibre: the substance that helps us regulate the body’s blood sugar it is a good help in preventing sudden increases or drop in serum levels. Pectin, a type of soluble fibre found in apples is hailed for its ability to lower blood cholesterol levels thus reducing the risk of heart disease. I would prefer eating 1 to 2 medium-sized apples everyday than taking Statins!
So in summary here are some benefits of the apple:
It is considered as a good remedy for rheumatism.
It helps prevent diarrhoea and constipation. For the former, eat the grated apple peel for relief.
It reduces cholesterol and normalises blood sugar.
It is a traditional remedy for joint pain and stiffness.
I love the natural and untreated apples that gardeners and friends share with me…thank you.
- 17 Oct, 2013
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