Kentish apples are abundant at this time of year, if you are lucky enough to have a couple of trees in your garden you will no doubt be juicing, eating and enjoying all the benefits these amazing fruits are giving you.
If you don’t have at least one tree, I can highly recommend popping along to your local farm shop and buying a tree to plant. It won’t be long before you are rewarded with your stock of homegrown apples. Being able to go into the garden and eat an apple straight from the tree is just bliss.
My freezer is being filled daily with ginger shots, juices, smoothies so I don’t waste a single apple, picked as they become ripe and nutritious, making me feel good on every level.
I grew up with the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” It was only when I started juicing, 11 years ago that I began to understand the importance of having an apple every day. In fact I probably have more like 6 or 7 at this time of the year in my morning juice and the ones I eat.
Apples are high in pectin which moves through the gut collecting all those pesky toxins on the way, and finally eliminating them from the body, so brilliant for your digestive system.
Apples with red skin are thought to be the best due to the anthocyanins which are partly responsible for the colour, and also make the apple a must, to help prevent so many of the diseases we are suffering with today. There have been many studies carried out on apples confirming they are good for a number of ailments, like Alzheimers, Cancer, Diabetes, Brain and Heart health, the list goes on. I would like to bet if they studied every ailment known to man the apple would be in there somewhere looking after us.
It is also known that apples are High in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Potassium, a good source of Phosphorus, magnesium, Calcium, and also contain Malic Acid, Ellagic Acid, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) B2 (Riboflavin) B3 (Niacin) B6 (Pyridoxine) Iron, Sodium, Copper, with traces of Vitamin K, E, Folate, Zinc, Pantothenic Acid, Quercetin. However these vitamins and minerals are only the ones that scientists have discovered, there are many more secrets waiting to be found within these beautiful fruits.
Truth is, we don’t really need studies or scientists to tell us what is in an apple and how it could benefit us, we already instinctively know, whole fresh fruits are good for us.
Unfortunately, we have allowed ourselves to be convinced that this is not the case, one of the reasons being that the natural sugars will ruin our teeth. Now that is another subject altogether where we have been totally misinformed, but that is for another day!
Just eat your apple, try doing it mindfully, appreciating every bite – they are delicious!