Ayurveda recommends apples to gain healthy weight, increase sexual function, libido in men and women and to improve taste (rejuvenation of taste buds).
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It is a popular saying “an apple a day keeps doctor away”. This is true as apple has many medicinal properties and health benefits. It is a good source of Vitamin C, anti-oxidants, carbohydrates and fibers. It has a botanical name Malus Domestica and belongs to Rosaceae family. It is a deciduous tree growing upto 4 ft.
Apple Medicinal Properties According to Ayurveda
Apple has many names in ayurveda.It is known as mushtipramana, badara, sevam, sivitikaaphalam. Texts of ayurveda describe medicinal properties of this fruit as follows.
Ripe apple balances vata dosha and pitta dosha, but increases kapha dosha. It is sweet to taste (madhura rasa) and retains sweetness even after digestion (vipaka). It is heavy to digest (guru). Apple acts as a body coolant (sheeta veerya) It improves taste, helps to gain healthy weight (brumhana) and boosts health of shukra dhatu.
Ayurveda Health Benefits of Apple
Apple has many nutrients and constituents which are the reason for its medicinal properties.
Helps in healthy weight gain
Acharya Bhavaprakasha says that apple can be used in ayurveda weight gain therapy or brumhana therapy. Persons who want to gain healthy weight can use this fruit in their daily diet. Since it has sweet taste or madhura rasa and heavy or guru quality along with cool potency it helps to increase bulk of body.
Boosts health of Shukra dhatu
Due to its properties it strengthens shukra dhatu. Strong and healthy shukra dhatu promotes sexual health, increases sperm count naturally and helps in erectile dysfunction. This fruit can be used in ayurvedic remedies for erectile dysfunction. This fruit can also be used as a vajikarana food.
Helps in weight loss
Since apple is high in fiber, eating apple along with its skin, helps to control appetite and hunger pangs. It fills stomach and satiates sweet tooth.
Helps in management of diabetes
As this fruit helps in weight loss, this can be used to prevent diabetes. Its constituents like polyphenols (in its skin) and anti-oxidants may help to stimulate secretion of insulin and increase sensitivity of cells to insulin.
Other Health benefits of apple
- Helps to reduce cholesterol
- Prevents tooth decay
- Helps to prevent Alzheimer
- Lowers risk of cancer
- Makes gall bladder stones soft
Ayurveda Home Remedies with Apple
Apples are available in many colours and with various tastes. Always chose apples which are ripe and sweet to taste. Sour apples may cause vitiation of pitta and acidity. Sweet and fully ripen apples are good for health. Hence our ancestors have coined the saying “Apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Sweet apples have little astringent (kashaya rasa) properties and pacify pitta and kapha. Uncooked sweet apples may vitiate vata, in some persons.
If you have delicate digestive system, then do not forget to peel the skin of apple. Its skin may cause indigestion and lead to formation of gas by imbalancing agni or body fire. Discard the seeds as their consumption may cause aggravation of vata.
By consuming apple after a meal helps to normalise the bowel movement. It provides sufficient quantity of fibres and boosts intestinal motility. People who have sensitive digestive system can peal the apple skin and immerse the apple in hot water for ten minutes to make it soft. Always eat apple one hour after the meal. This helps to relieve constipation (also read constipation can cause erectile dysfunction).
For Sore gums:
When you have mouth ulcers and sore gums, peel the apple and cut it into pieces. Chew these pieces slowly. It cleans the gums and tongue.
In Cystitis, UTI , gastritis and colitis:
Prepare apple juice and add a spoon of fresh ginger juice to it. Consume this juice, an hour after meal. This relieves cystitis, uti (burning urination), gastritis and colitis as in Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
In diarrhoea and dysentery:
Peel few apples and cook them. Add a pinch of nutmeg, saffron (Health Benefits of Saffron or Kesar or Crocus Sativus – An Ayurveda View) and a tea spoon of ghee to the mashed apples. Consume this mix once in 4 hours when you have diarrhoea and dysentery.
For Weight Loss:
Apple a day can keep the extra pounds away. New research says that growth of good bacteria in our intestine helps in weight loss. Apples contain non-digestible compounds that promote the growth of good bacteria in our gut which promote weight loss. Hence consume an apple a day to aid healthy and good weight loss.
To Boost Libido in Women:
Apples are store houses of vitamin and minerals. These help to boost the female libido in women. The following desert can be used as a libido booster.
Don’t Eat Apple with these foods
Author : Dr. Savitha Suri Consultant Ayurvedic Physician
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