Better than that, you’re The Apple JUICE of My Eye …

Did you know? … While the original birthplace of the tiny wild apple was in the mountains of Kazakhstan many years ago (shout out to Borat!), the apple has been part of the human diet for tens of thousands of years. Today apples in America are grown in every state.

That make apple Juice is as American as Apple Pie!

The phrase of endearment speaks to both American ingenuity and the fact that apples have been part of our country since, well before we were even a country, and Jonny Appleseed became an early (and real-life) American Legend … more on him in a moment…

Apples were first cultivated at Jamestown by settlers in the 17th century, who’d brought their cuttings from the Atlantic world — but not for eating.  These early apples were tart and small: very different than what we use to bribe a teacher, or the rosy red of Snow White’s temptations. But, in colonial society, they provided a very important commodity: cider.

Henry David Thoreau, of Walden fame, said he favored the wild apple to those found in local Massachusetts’ orchards. Wild apples (which you can still find, and taste a bit like crabapples) grown from seeds are quite a tart task to devour, and he admitted that their “spirited bite” could sometimes be “sour enough to set a squirrel’s teeth on edge and make a jay scream.”

Nearly a century before Thoreau hung out on Walden Pond, Massachusetts and 30 miles west of him, a man named John Chapman of Leominster getting evangelical about apples.  He’s now a folk hero for collecting apple seeds by the bushel at cider mills up and down the Susquehanna River Valley to tote them and plant them out West.

Today “Johnny Appleseed” is famous for nurseries he established across the Midwest.  And, amazingly, some of these nurseries still exist!

An Apple Fun Fact

As apples trees require grafting to properly proliferate themselves and fruit abundantly, if you were to plant a seed from that awesome apple you ate, or we just juiced for you, you probably wouldn’t actually get the kind of apple you just planted. Because of the nature of genetics sharing that happens with grafting and cross-pollination across many generations: you can germinate almost any variety of apple in the plant DNA memory. That’s like breeding Yorkshire terriers and getting a wolf pup in the litter.

An Apple A Day Keeps Kidney Stones Away

According to Ayurvedic (ancient Indian) texts, apple pectin binds stool, is good for ulcers, promotes healing of damaged membranes, and detoxifies the gall bladder and kidneys, and scientists corroborated this in studies conducted in 2009.

In the process, they discovered that the peel had many benefits, as it’s full of antioxidants like catechin, procyanidins, cholrogenic acid and ploridizin. These powerful antioxidants halt the growth of liver cancer and colon cancer. They’re also very high in calcium and potassium. So my recommendation? Keep the peel on – juice it all.

As apples continue to be a popular subjects of dietary study, they continue to bear up their healthy benefits. Whether you’re looking to support diabetes, or asthma, or heart health, stroke, cancer, purify the liver, or are suffering from constipation: apples are super wonderful.

They’re also rich in Vitamin C and phytochemicals, so they definitely deserve to be called “nutritional powerhouses”. They’ve been proven to increased total antioxidant activity in the body by 64%!

In a 2006 study, quercetin, one of the most abundant antioxidants found in apples, is 1 of 2 compounds, which reduce cellular death and inflammation in the brain. So, apples are helpful in preventing brain diseases due to their unique antioxidant mechanisms and “suppression of neurotoxic mediators”, found in Alzheimer’s.

Are Green Apples Really Healthier?

Studies show, overall, the health benefit differences are negligible, but for those being careful of their carb and sugar intake, green apples or “Granny Smiths” come out on top with a lower fructose content (which is why they taste more bitter). They also bear a bit more taste resemblance to their ancient forbearers.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, so goes the old Welsh proverb – so if you’re looking for a way to get more apple in your life? Join me at and have an apple-inclusive juice blend (availability depends on seasonality) evety day!

Sources

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  5. A study involving 9,208 men and women showed that those who ate the most apples over a 28-year period had the lowest risk for stroke. Researchers concluded the intake of apples is related to a decreased risk of thrombotic stroke. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10822289
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