When my mother was young, she would always hear the expression, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Well, it could be considered ‘true,’ by some health experts, and that’s because scientists have recently learned that apples contain a host of nutrients and phytochemicals that could very well leave doctors with a little more time on their hands.

If one has high cholesterol, then eat an apple may be a wise decision. They contain pectin, a type of fiber that binds to cholesterol and keeps it from getting into the blood. In one study, pectin lowered participants’ cholesterol by as much as 16 percent. That’s so important since high blood levels of cholesterol are what contribute to cement-like deposits that form on artery walls and restrict blood flow.

Now, this amazing fruit is known for helping someone deal with hot flashes. Now, my mother was sure lucky in this area, since she seldom suffered from hot flashes, unlike her mother. On most mornings, Mother would stop at a local supermarket and head to their produce section. She really liked their produce, especially the assortment of apples they offered. Perhaps, that’s “why” Mother didn’t truly suffer from having hot flashes as she went through menopause.

The apple contains naturally occurring plant sterols called phytoestrogens, which aren’t as powerful as human estrogens but have a similar effect, according to Cornell University researchers, so they help cool hot flashes triggered by fluctuating hormones.

Besides helping menopausal women with hot flashes, and individuals with high cholesterol, the apple helps one survive allergy season. Yes, you read right! Apples contain quercetin, a potent bioflavonoid-antihistamine combo that reduces allergy symptoms.

Now there are a number of wonderful, inexpensive highly juice recipes, including some using apple juice. So, do yourself a favor, and check out this book, “Juice and Smoothie Recipes,” from Bob Hannum, the juicing expert from About.com.


Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional. As with any suggestion concerning food or medicine, speak with a notable professional to learn more.

Author's Bio: 

Kelley is the author of the book, "My Curly Hair Self: Living with a Visual Processing Disorder