By Ronna L. Clements, Natural Health& Wellness Innovator
One of the very first things we learn is the alphabet and almost always, “A is for Apple.”
The apple has been around for so long that it can be called the first fruit. Hieroglyphic writings found in the pyramids and tombs of the ancient Egyptians indicate that they used the apple as both food and medicine. The apple has been at the center of legends, folklore, and even religion for thousands of years; from Adam and Eve to Johnny Appleseed.
The Turks gave the apple the power of restoring youth.
Today, natural health practitioners use apple therapy for stubborn cases of digestive issues. The apple is an eliminative food due to its pectin which has the ability to take up excess water in the intestines acting as a nonirritating stimulant. Raw apple concentrate is good for a “lazy colon.”
The juice of apples is good for everyone and can be used in a cleansing diet since it speeds up bowel action. Apples are wonderful for the lymphatic system helping to remove toxins and they work as powerful blood purifiers.
The apple helps the body absorb iron and also contains a generous amount of calcium. They contain 50% more Vitamin A and Vitamin C than oranges helping to ward off colds and other infections. They help to promote growth and aid in keeping the bones and teeth strong. Vitamin B, which is vitally important in maintaining nerve health, is also found in abundance in apples.
It is always best to eat apples raw, however, if you cook apples, be sure to do so over very low heat so that the delicate pectin, vitamins and minerals will be preserved as much as possible.
So, as the saying goes, “an apple a day helps to keep the doctor away.” Enjoy!