In November 2005 we had an article entitled “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” in this Newsletter. The phrase was one that my mum often used and it was very much part of the language in those days.
The article stated that frequent consumption of apples reduced the risk of some cancers, asthma, diabetes and cardiovascular disese. More recent research describes the death of cancer cells grown in tissue culture when treated with apple extracts. Cancer cell death has also been shown in animal experiments when fed apple extracts.
The most beneficial effects come from eating the whole apple rather than consuming apple juice. The reason being that the skin and the flesh contain a whole range of known anti-cancer agents.
Furthermore the chemicals that are responsible for the colour of the apple skin have the highest levels anti-cancer properties so whatever you do make sure you eat the apple skin.
In animal models of Alzheimer’s disease, an age related problem, feeding with apples not only improved brain function but also prevented the development of brain plaques that are characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease in humans. Finally the latest findings are that apples are also preventative against the development of osteoporosis (bone mineral loss), another age related problem.
Colin Sutherland December 2015