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“An Apple a Day”, keeps more than just the Dr. away!

Lisa O’Gorman, CEC

Just about everyone has heard about the health benefits of eating berries and the darker the better. Yes, berries have wonderful health properties, but no definitive studies have been performed to determine the effect of berries on cancer. The star fruit for cancer is the apple!!

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” has recently been proven to be a very gross understatement. It has been proven in many scientific studies that eating one or more red skinned apples a day can reduce the occurrence of breast, colon, oral, larynx, kidney, prostrate and ovarian cancers. Red apple peels are shown to have potent antioxidant and antiproliferative activities on cancer cells. In one invitro test with breast cancer and prostate cancer cells, the higher the concentration of red apple peel dripped on each cancer the greater the reduction of growth of both cancers until eventually the cancer disappeared. Apple peel has been shown to reduce the size of mammary tumors an induce cancer cell death in both hormone positive, hormone negative and triple negative breast cancers.

Red apples are a good source of quercetin, fisetin, phloretin, ursolic acid and some anthocyanins which have chemo preventive properties. They are also a good source of dietary fiber which helps escort excess estrogen out of the body instead of letting it recirculate. Red, red streaked or rosy apples have more antioxidants and antiproliferative phytochemicals than green or yellow apples.

Apples are on the “dirty dozen” list of foods that are heavily sprayed with pesticides so when possible buy organic apples. If organic isn’t an option, make sure to wash thoroughly with a non-toxic fruit and vegetable wash. To make your own vegetable wash- combine 4 cups filtered water with 1 cup vinegar, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Put in spray bottle, cover apples with solution, let sit for 10 minutes before rinsing off and drying.

Apple peel powder can also be purchased and included in smoothies, non-dairy yogurt, beverages and salad dressing. chemopreventive potential of apples, apple juice, and apple components - PubMed (

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