Dried Apple

Apples are of great benefit to the digestive system. The excellent supply of pectin and malic acid both stimulate the digestive system and cleanse the digestive system by eliminating toxins from the small intestine. Whenever you have a weak digestive system, let the apple give you strength.

Pectin is a soluble fibre, apples contain 0.78 grams per 100 gram. Pectin slows digestion and the rise in blood sugar, plus as apples have a low glycemic index (G.I. 36), they are an ideal food for hyperactive children or diabetics. Pectin also reduces the amount of cholesterol produced by the liver and pectin may lower blood cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease. Pectin is especially concentrated in the apple peel. Pectin removes toxins from the digestive tract by supplying a substance termed galacturonic acid. Pectin promotes proper protein digestion, as it prevents digested proteins in the small intestine from spoiling.

The malic acid content of apples prevents liver disorders and promotes better digestion, plus the alkaline elements increase the flow of saliva, for carbohydrate digestion. The red apples contain anthocyanins which are powerful antioxidants and in addition, all apples contain flavonoids such as catechins and quercetin which increase the antioxidant qualities of the fruit. One study showed a decrease in mental deterioration due to the flavonoids and another study stated flavonoids protect against the effects of tobacco carcinogens in cases of bladder cancer.

Apples, the richest fruit source of the flavonoid quercetin, were found to protect against lung cancer and reduce the risk of thrombiotic strokes. The bioavoilability of quercetin, in apples, is amongst the best and even a day after eating an apple, the level of quercetin in the blood was still considered effective. A National Cancer Institute stated that quercetin helps to prevent the growth of prostrate cancer cells.
Research has shown that the phytochemicals in the apple skin restricted the growth of colon cancer cells by 43 %, however, as the average consumption of apples is one apple every five days, don’t expect great results, unless, you eat an apple a day, now it seems more crucial than ever. Other apple research discovered benefits such as; reduced type 2 diabetes, reduced incidence of asthma and reduction of cholesterol with apples and apple juice, due to the supply of phytonutrients. A study at the University of California showed that having two apples a day, or apple juice, reduced the oxidation of cholesterol, the buildup of arterial plaque and the risk from pulmonary disease in smokers was reduced by half.

Apples also provide potassium 110 mg, vitamin a 90 mg and trace amounts of b1, b2 & b3, plus biotin, folate, vitamin c and vitamin e 0.71 mg.