Apples

Reduces cholesterol • Detoxifies lead • Regulates blood sugar

Provides energy • Prevents constipation

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Apples - Reduces cholesterol.
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Aubergine (eggplant)
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Cranberry - Treats urinary tract infection (UTI).
Cucumber - Skin friend, ant repellent.
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Apples
The old saying, “An apple a day, keeps the doctors away”, still holds true today. Apples contain a wealth of nutrients essential for maintaining good health.
Apples are not just delicious to eat, but nutrients in apples can reduce cholesterol (especially the “bad” LDL cholesterol), detoxify lead, regulate our blood sugar, provide energy, prevent constipation and the antioxidants in apples can perhaps even fight cancer.

Apples are a rich source of:
• Pectin – a soluble fibre. Aids in reducing cholesterol. Aids in reducing lead toxicity.
• Vitamin C (8mg) – a strong antioxidant. Helps combat free radicals.
• Fibre – a medium sized, unpeeled apple has about 3.5 gms of fibre. (That is more than 10% of the daily recommended fibre requirement.) The fibre also helps regulate blood sugar, preventing sudden increases or drops in sugar level. Excellent food choice for diabetics.
• Fructose (a type of sugar found in fruits). Fructose in apples is broken down slowly by the body. This helps maintain blood sugar levels.
• Carbohydrate – provides energy.
• Phytochemicals – an anti-oxidant.
• Water.

 

Apples also contains (but in lesser quantities)

Minerals: Potassium (159mg), Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Iron, Copper

Vitamins: Carotene (35 IUs), Vitamin E, Thiamine (B1) , Riboflavin (B2) , Niacin (B3) , Pyridoxine (B6), Biotin.

 

Other Benefits
Helps prevent constipation and removal of toxins in the gut (eaten raw). Helps prevent diarrhoea (stewed).

Lead is a heavy metal. Lead toxicity symptoms include: anxiety, anaemia, impaired cognitive function, constipation, fatigue and bone pain. Chelation is the process of binding the metal to encourage its elimination from the body. The pectin in the apple peel helps to chelate lead thus helping our bodies in lead detoxification and getting rid of this very harmful heavy metal.

Caution
Apples are commonly treated with insecticides. They are also sprayed with a wax coating to not just prevent moisture loss but also for a shiny appearance. The apple skin contains beneficial pectin so try not to peel the apple, but rather scrub the apples under running water before eating to remove the wax and insecticides.

Buying organically grown apples may be another way to ensure you won’t be consuming wax and insecticides.


 

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