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Apple Extract Shows Promise Against Cancer

Apple Extract Shows Promise Against Cancer

The adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” might not be far from the truth particularly if you’re battling cancer, according to new research in the International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. In a study conducted at China’s Fourth Military Medical University, School of Pharmacy, scientists found that apple oligosaccharide showed impressive results against human colon cancer cells.

Oligosaccharides are complex carbohydrates. Researchers found that the higher the amount of apple oligosaccharides, the better the results against colon cancer cells.  The apple compound induced a process known as apoptosis, which is essentially cellular suicide.  It is the body’s mechanism to kill damaged or cancerous cells, so increasing the rate at which cancerous cells commit suicide can have beneficial results to someone suffering from the disease. They also found that the apple oligosaccharide stopped the growth of new cancer cells.

Researchers concluded:  “Apple oligosaccharide is a potential chemoprevention agent or anti-tumor agent and is worthy of further study.”

I highly recommend that you eat only organic apples since non-organic apples typically contain the residue of many pesticides, including:  azinophos, methyl chloripyrifos, diazinon, dimethoate, ethion, omethioate, parathion, parathion methyl, phosalone, and phosmet. These pesticides have been found in many studies to be toxic to the brain and nervous system of humans, and many are known carcinogens. Organic apples are clearly the healthier choice.

Apples also contain many important vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.  They are high in pectin—an important type of fiber that binds to toxins to eliminate them via the bowels.  Their high content of malic acid also helps improve energy production in the body.  The latter compound is especially important to those suffering from fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, among other cellular energy disorders. For more natural anti-cancer remedies check out my book, Cancer-Proof.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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11:05PM PDT on May 20, 2013

Apple Dumpling, Pie, fried apples, In Salads, sandwiches, fixed any way, and always
apple cider vinegar, it has so much better flavor!
Thank You

7:04AM PDT on May 18, 2013

I;m sorry, I meant to say Michelle!

7:03AM PDT on May 18, 2013

Thank you Katie, for Sharing this!

3:10AM PDT on May 12, 2013

I don't understand why people always get so surprised when they are informed that the answers for chronic illness lie in natural therapies (organic fruits and veggies, essential oils, spices, etc...) - these have been around for aeons and most ancient cultures know how they work!!

7:12PM PDT on May 5, 2013

love apple butter and pie and all apples cider..all great

3:59AM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

3:05PM PDT on Apr 27, 2013

Apples are my breakfast, I love them. My problem is I do not know where to buy organic.

8:42AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

Thanks. I share the opinion of the author.

11:09PM PDT on Apr 25, 2013


2:19PM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Thanks for sharing this :-)

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