An Apple a Day….?

I read an interesting article on the internet about acid reflux and a natural cure. I am sure you have all heard the saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away but why did the saying come about?

The February 1866 edition of Notes and Queries magazine includes this:

“A Pembrokeshire proverb. Eat an apple on going to bed, And you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”

A number of variants of the rhyme were in circulation around the turn of the 20th century. In 1913, Elizabeth Wright recorded a Devonian dialect version and also first known record of the version we use now, in Rustic Speech and Folk-lore:

“Ait a happle avore gwain to bed, An’ you’ll make the doctor beg his bread; or as the more popular version runs: An apple a day Keeps the doctor away.”

So why are apples so great?  In an article by Amy Hunter on the Discovery Fit and Health website she lists the following things about the benefits of Apples.

  • Pectin — Pectin is a form of soluble fiber than lowers both blood pressure and glucose levels. It can also lower the levels of LDL, or “bad” cholesterol in the body. Pectin, like other forms of fiber, helps maintain the health of the digestive system. Apples are an excellent source of pectin.
  • Boron — A nutrient found in abundance in apples, boron supports strong bones and a healthy brain.
  • Quercetin — A flavonoid, this nutrient shows promise for reducing the risk of various cancers, including cancers in the lungs and breast. It may also reduce free radical damage. Free radicals develop when atoms in the body’s cells have unpaired electrons, which can lead to damage to different parts of the cell, including DNA. Quercetin may neutralize free radical damage, which has been implicated in a variety of age-related health problems, including Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Vitamin C — Vitamin C boosts immunity, which helps maintain overall health.
  • Phytonutrients — Apples are rich in a variety of phytonutrients, including vitamins A and E and beta carotene. These compounds fight damage from free radicals and can have a profound affect on health, including reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and asthma.
  • Apples also act as a toothbrush, cleaning teeth and killing bacteria in the mouth, which may reduce the risk of tooth decay. They’re also low in calorie density, one of the trademarks of a healthy food. When a food is low in calorie density you can eat good size portions of the food for relatively few calories. In addition, apples are affordable and readily available.

    That is quite an impressive list. I have always known how good apples are for you I just didn’t know they could also help Acid Reflux.  Looking at Amy’s list however, I think I can see a relationship. Anyway this author said his father had always had very painful reflux all his life and then by accident one evening he ate an apple before retiring for the night and slept like a baby and as long as he had an apple a day he was free from Acid Reflux. Now the article went on to say they had found other ways to actually cure it but they were trying to sell me something and I didn’t buy. But I did find the apple idea intriguing and decided to try it one night when I had heartburn. Well, all I can say is that I didn’t have any trouble sleeping and when I awoke in the morning my heartburn was gone. Does it work? Well, those of you out there that have Acid Reflux try it and let me know.

    Just some more things to think about.

Kris