January 14, 2011

The superfood that stops lung disease — even in coal miners

Lung disease is becoming a much more common problem these days. Even people who don't smoke are more susceptible than ever before. Well, a new study says one superfood that's available year-round — and is very inexpensive — can spare you from lung disease.

A recent paper shows the medicinal power of apples (eating five per week) to relieve chronic lung disease in Welsh coal miners. One report found that the only food to improve a key airway test called Forced Expiratory Volume in one second (FEV1) was apples. Imagine if a single drug was found to accomplish all this. You'd see it every two minutes on the Pharma-controlled TV airwaves and every billboard from coast-to-coast, even if had a high death rate from "side effects."

In the past few years, there has been a wealth of information published on the preventive and healing powers of apples. I've seen studies on the ability of apples to help diabetes, dementia, cancer, heart disease, inflammation, arthritis, heartburn, and high cholesterol. Just about everyone I know suffers from or is concerned about at least one of these health challenges.

One wonderful thing about how God made this planet is providing certain foods that keep over the winter, foods that sustain us during these lean times. Apples are one such wonder food. My wife and I eat them most days in our smoothies. They are a rich source of the powerful bioflavonoid quercetin, among many other phytochemicals.

An old Pembrokeshire proverb from 1866 went like this: "Eat an apple on going to bed, and you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread." The proverb was right on target.

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Try to eat an apple a day to keep the "drug pushers" away. If that's too many for you, try taking AppleBoost from Advanced Bionutritionals. Made from the flavonoid overflowing peel of organic apples, it's one product I'd recommend taking every day if you don't include enough of the "real McCoy" in your diet.

Ref: Tabak C, Arts IC, Smit HA, Heederik D, Kromhout D. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and intake of catechins, flavonols, and flavones: the MORGEN Study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2001;164:61-64.

Butland BK, Fehily AM, Elwood PC. Diet, lung function, and lung function decline in a cohort of 2512 middle aged men. Thorax. 2000;55:102-08.

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