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Apples. Yes, they’re good for us, but why? How come? And other than eating them, are there any other benefits?

How Apples Work

Apples are probably one of the coolest fruits I can think of. They have some 57,000 genomes in each apple, which define them and how they will grow. This is the most diverse genetic of any plant currently studied. To understand what that is in comparison, humans have about 30,000 different genomes. Essentially, each apple is completely different from any other apple in existence. An apple seed that is planted, produces offspring that are totally different from the fruit the seed came from. It’s so fascinating! And that despite the genetic difference they all contain the same type of health benefits is incredible!

Health Benefits of Apples

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Apples have a lot of benefits just in eating. Apples are high in vitamin C, which boosts your immune system. They’re full of pectin, which is a good fiber (and 42% of the population doesn’t get enough fiber). They also strengthen your gums, lower your cholesterol levels, and possess antiviral actions. Additionally, apples bind to toxins and carry them from your body, neutralize indigestion, prevent constipation (hey, fiber!).

Uses for Apples

Internal:

These shouldn’t be news, but I’ve included the science that makes them work (which is cool!)

  1. Eating raw apples can help with gout and rheumatism.
    Gout and rheumatism are both caused by an inflammation of joints. Apples are known to help with that. Why? They contain Vitamin C, which lowers the amount of uric acid in your body and helps prevent build-up in your system.
  1. Drinking a glass or apple juice or eating an apple…
    Three times a day can shorten the duration of a virus. Once again, you’ve got vitamin C to thank for this. Vitamin C has a high correlation with shortening cold or flu symptoms in 85% of people.
  1. For indigestion, acid reflux, and heartburn
    If you have serious heartburn troubles, eat an apple with your meals. Apple slices after a meal can reduce your heartburn. Because they’re moderately alkaline they help balance out your stomach acids, and including them means that your getting your fruit needs fulfilled for the day.
  1. Lower cholesterol
    Two apples a day reduce you cholesterol by ten per cent.

External Uses

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Apples have a couple of very cool external uses.

  1. Sprains
    Peel an apple, core it, and grate the flesh. Take the grated apple and mix in a few tablespoons of cider vinegar. Spread the mixture on one end of a towel and wrap it around the sprain. Making sure the towel’s other end will catch any extra drips or mess.
  1. Eases rheumatic or weak eyes
    Peel, core and grate the apple. Apply the poultice to closed eyes and let it sit for ten or fifteen minutes. The flavonoids in apples contribute to reducing swelling, aching, and other discomforts associated with swollen, tired and puffy eyes.
  1. Skin treatment
    Apples can be used in two kinds of skin treatments.

Clarifying Masks (for treatment of oily or acne prone skin)

  • ½ an apple
  • 1 tsp honey, lemon, and flour

Puree together and apply to face 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

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Hydrating Masks (recommended after the clarifying mask or when skin is dry. Great for winter.)

  • ½ an apple
  • 1 tablespoon of avocado/coconut/grapeseed/olive oil
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon of oatmeal

Puree the contents in a blender and apply to face. Let it sit for 10 or fifteen minutes and then wash off with warm water.

 

 

Article Information Sources:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10543583
Shealy, C. Norman. MD. PhD. The Healing Remedies Sourcebook. Harper Collins. 1998. Print.

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