How Can Apples Help So Many Health Problems?

How Can Apples Help So Many Health Problems?

Apples, including the skins, fight cancer, heart problems, asthma, infections, constipation, dental cavities and diabetes and the vinegar has been used to fight parasitic worms, gallstones, insect bites, and body odour.

Note: No two apples are the same and no two people are the same, so this page is only about most people and most apples.

As is usual, the fresh apple fruit are better for you than extracts are. I would avoid apple juice from the shops with all its added sugar. However apple cider vinegar has many benefits.


Evidence suggests that a diet high in fruits and vegetables may decrease the risk of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, and phytochemicals including phenolics, flavonoids and carotenoids from fruits and vegetables may play a key role in reducing chronic disease risk.

The vitamin C and fibre in apples helps combat cancer. Most of these nutrients are in the skins, so don't peel your apples. Eat fresh apple fruit instead of cooking them. Crab apples are smaller so have more skin per weight, and are less likely to have been doused an agricultural poisons, so are worth considering.


You probably enjoy apples which are a rich source of phytochemicals, and epidemiological studies have linked the consumption of apples with reduced risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and diabetes.

In the laboratory, apples have been found to have very strong antioxidant activity, inhibit cancer cell proliferation, decrease lipid oxidation, and lower cholesterol. Of course that is in the laboratory so may not work in real life.

Apples contain a variety of phytochemicals, including quercetin, catechin, phloridzin and chlorogenic acid, all of which are strong antioxidants.

The phytochemical composition of apples varies greatly between different varieties of apples, and there are also small changes in phytochemicals during the maturation and ripening of the fruit.

Store Well

Storage has little to no effect on apple phytochemicals, but processing can greatly affect apple phytochemicals. Be aware that one of the valuable phytochemicals make apples go brown in the air, and Granny Smiths for example have been bred to eliminate this valuable nutrient.


Brigham and Women's Hospital found that women eating at least one apple a day had 28% less chance of getting diabetes type II.


When the FDA try to ban a healthy food I always start to take it seriously, because their function is to suppress competitors of the drug industry. It stands to reason that a health product that doesn't work is not worth worrying about, so it means that something works if the FDA tries to ban it.

So when they wrote to Eden Foods to complain that apple juice is a dangerous drug because "Researchers . . . reported that people who consumed apples and apple juice had better lung function and lower incidence of respiratory diseases such as asthma than non-apple eaters." it convinced me that apples are good for fighting asthma.

Assorted benefits

Like most fruit, apples have enough soluble fibre to prevent constipation. It also fights the opposite problem that affects travelers. Grate (or blend) an apple and spread it thinly over several plates. Leave it for several hours to get brown, then gather the pulp and eat it.

Apple juice also stops the itch from insect bites (with varying effectiveness), is an antibiotic (used for food poisoning).

Apple Cider Vinegar

Part of the effectiveness is also in apple juice, but part is just in the acidity. Human skin is acid to fight bacteria. If you allow yourself to be brainwashed by the Body Odour adverts you will wash off this protection. So a good way to prevent the body odour, skin infections, athletes foot that plays havoc once you remove your protection is simply to wipe yourself down with cider vinegar immediately you have finished removing your protection.

If your family has parasitic worms in the stomach, drink a glassful of cider vinegar. If the kids object, explain that the alternative is to starve for a day before taking nasty medicine from the doctor. The vinegar doesn't kill worms. They just don't enjoy it, so they get out. I don't blame them!

Gallstones are also prevented by apple juice and cider vinegar, sometimes blended with extra virgin cold pressed olive oil.

Apple cider vinegar drink recipe

There are books written about apple cider vinegar for your health. Whether it makes you healthy or not, here is a delicious refreshing drink.

Mix equal parts honey and apple cider vinegar. Add cold water to taste. Enjoy.

100 gm of raw apples with their skins contain

  • 85.56% water
  • 13% carbohydrate
  • 11 mg phosphorus
  • 107 mg potassium
  • 5 mg vitamin C
  • 3 micrograms folate
  • 54 IU vitamin A
  • 2.2 micrograms vitamin K
  • 27 micrograms beta carotene
  • 11 micrograms beta Cryptoxanthin
  • 29 micrograms Lutein zeaxanthin