Today we are going to talk about the power of the fruit apple.
Natural Benefits and Curative Properties
Apples are valuable in the maintenance of good health and in the treatment of many ailments. It was said long ago, ‘to eat an apple before going to bed will make the doctor beg his bread’. The modern version of this ancient saving, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away sums up the healthful and nourishing qualities of apples. The active medicinal principle of apple is pectin, natural therapeutic ingredient found in the inner portion of the rind and pulp pectin aids in detoxification by supplying the acid’ needed for the elimination of certain harmful substances it also helps to prevent decomposition of protein matter in the alimentary canal. The malic acid contained in apple is beneficial to the bowels, liver, and brain
MOISTURE – 84.6%
PROTEIN – 0.2%
FAT – 0.5%
MINERALS – 0.3%
FIBRE – 0.1%
CALCIUM` – 10 mg
PHOSPHORUS – 14mg
IRON – 1mg
VITAMIN A – 40IU
Small amounts of vitamin E, H and B complex
Calorific value – 59IU
Apples being rich in iron, arsenic and phosphorus, are highly beneficial in the treatment of anemia, it will be particularly useful in the form of freshly prepared apples juice. Taken in quantities of 1kg. daily will yield a beneficial results. The best time to take the juice is half an hour before meals and just before retiring to bed. The cider should be drawn from apples which should be thoroughly washed before crushing.
Constipation and Diarrhoea
Apples are beneficial in the treatment of both constipation and Diarrhoea. Raw apples are good for constipation. At least two apples should be taken daily for proper evacuation of bowels cooked or baked apples are good for diarrhea. The cooking process softens the cellulose and provides bulk to the faeces.
Apples have been found useful in acute and chronic dysentery among children. Ripe and sweet apples should be crashed into pulp and given to the child several times a day, from one to four tablespoonfuls, according to age, in this order the American Medical Association has also advocated the use of apples as therapeutic agent in dysentery.
A natural ‘apple medicine’ for the disturbed stomach is prepared by slicing a whole apple and gently pounding it until it becomes slightly mashed. It may be sprinkled with cinnamon or honey. The entire mashed apple may be eaten except for the stem and seeds it should be chewed thoroughly before swallowing. This preparation should be taken several times between meals for beneficial results, the soothing agent.
Apple As Medicine Shreded apple, mixed with a tablespoonful of honey and sprinkled with grinded moringa seeds, constitute an excellent stomach tonic and an appetizer. It should be taken before meals. It stimulates sluggish digestive juices and this facilitates assimilation of food for healthful results.
Apples are highly beneficial in the treatment of all types of headache. A ripe apple, after removing the upper rind and the inner hard potion should be taken with a little salt every morning on empty stomach in such cases. This should be continue for a week. It will yield good results even in cases of disgusting chronic headache
Apples are of special value to heart patients. The are rich in potassium and phosphorus but low in sodium. From ancient time, apple with honey is considered a very effective remedy for functional disorders of heart. Recent researchers by Dr. Elizabeth of California University have revealed that people who consume plenty of potassium through food items are likely to escape heart attacks. Apples, as a good source of potassium help in the alleviation of heart disease.
Sweet apple are valuable in dry hacking cough. Nearly 250 grams of sweet apples should be taken daily for about a week to obtain relief.
Apples are useful in kidney stores. In countries where the natural unsweetened cider is the common beverage, cases of stone or calculus are practically absent. The ripe fresh apple fruit will be more valuable.
The apple peel water is an excellent medicine for the inflamed eyes both as beverage and as an eye wash. This beverage is prepared by putting the peelings in a pan, well covered with water. The water should be brought to boiling point and allowed to simmer gently for a few minutes. The water should then be strained off and some honey be added to it. The over-ripe apples are useful as a poultice for sore eyes. The pulp is applied over the closed eyes.