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Apples: The Most Healing Superfood in the World
Apples might also protect us from far more cancers than the ones mentioned above but they haven’t been studied yet. No matter which part of the apple is studied, all pieces seem to have anti-tumor compounds. In fact, apple cider vinegar has been found to have anti-tumor properties that result from the acetic acid fermentation process.
Apples also lower our risk of developing cancer by their ability to remove carcinogenic radioisotopes. These accumulate in our bodies from nuclear weapon testing, nuclear energy disasters and the associated pollution from these disasters. (Think Fukushima and Chernobyl) Perhaps we should start saying “An apple a day keeps the nuclear fallout away.”
Apples, although they are not technically medicine, are the means by which pharmaceutical medicines become unnecessary. When we get true nutrition and detoxification from our foods, we treat and prevent diseases. Plants and animals were made to live in symbiosis. For example, we breathe in oxygen and give off carbon dioxide, which is the reverse for plants. Fruits from the plants grow their seeds inside fruits and veggies, which we eat and then spread the seeds. People and plants have a give and take relationship. Perhaps this is why apples have so many amazing feats of healing, who knows?
Consider some of the other evidence based healing compounds of apples:
- Stops atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Compounds in apples prevent the formation of plaque within the arteries.
- Anti-aging properties. Apples prevent oxidative damage and increase the cognitive performance in tests done with aging mice.
- Periodontal disease. Have you ever noticed that after you eat an apple your teeth and gums feel squeaky clean? This is due to the quercetin, which is found in apples, and quercetin has antimicrobial properties.
- Stops bowel inflammation. Preclinical research shows that apples greatly reduce inflammation of the bowels and stops diarrhea.
- Helps with weight loss. One study involving humans found that eating three apples per day helped women to lose a significant amount of weight. Read also about herbs that help you lose weight.
- Inhibits Staphylococcal infections. The pectin in apples has been shown to inhibit the growth of both type A and type B staphylococcal enterotoxins.
- Anti-viral. Researchers have found that apple pectin can inhibit the ability of the type A flu virus to infect people in animal studies.
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