March 15, 2015 by Bob Hannum
Fresh apple juice every day keeps the doctor away!
Apples are part of American culture, from the Bible story about Adam and Eve to Johnny Appleseed. Apples date back to the Stone Age of the Middle East – as early as 2000 BC. – and archaeological evidence from the Iron Age of Northern Europe (Scandinavia, 1500 BC). History also notes apples from West and Southeast Asia, ancient Macedonia (nowadays including parts of Turkey, Greece, Albania, the Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria and Serbia and parts of Kosovo) and America.
Without saturated fats and cholesterol, but rich in dietary fiber, fresh apple juice is low in calories and has a remarkable list of essential nutrients needed for growth and nutritional well-being. Apples are rich in antioxidant phytonutrients, flavonoids, polyphenols and tartaric acid. They contain many C and B complex vitamins and trace elements. Vitamin C helps fight infection and remove harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals. B-complex vitamins help the body absorb enzymes. Potassium helps to counteract the harmful effects of sodium, thereby lowering blood pressure and heart rate. The fibers in apples help prevent the absorption of bad (LDL) cholesterol and protect the colon against carcinogenic toxins.
Oh, and about the toxins you may have heard about in apple seeds, cherry and peach seeds (cyanide and other toxins). This is true, but you should eat a huge amount to feel any effect.
To be balanced here, some believe that the small amount of cyanide naturally found in apple seed does our body good by killing bacteria and other harmful bacteria.
Apple Juice & Smoothie Recipes
3 green apples – skin, seeds and everything
1/2 Cucumber – with the skin
1 inch of fresh ginger
Large green apple
handful of fresh parsley
1 spear Broccoli
1/8 teaspoon of Spirulina
More recipes can be found in Juicing & Smoothie Recipes that heal! available here in the box on the right or for Kindle, Nook and iPad users at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks.