Apples contain pectin, which helps bulk up the stool to treat diarrhea and constipation. Apples also contain chemicals with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. Apple peel contains a chemical called ursolic acid, which may play a role in building muscle and metabolism.
People use apples for Alzheimer disease, cancer, diabetes, diarrhea, obesity, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Don't confuse apples with apple cider vinegar, apple polyphenols, or pectin. These are not the same.
Uses & Effectiveness
We currently have no information for APPLE overview.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Children: Apples and apple juice are commonly consumed in the diet. Apples are likely safe for children as long as the seeds are avoided. Apple pectin is possibly safe for children when taken by mouth, short-term.
Allergy to plants in the Rosaceae family: People who are allergic to other fruits in the Rosaceae family, including apricots, almonds, plums, peaches, pears, and strawberries, might also be allergic to apple. Apple might also cause an allergic reaction in people allergic to birch pollen. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking apple.
Diabetes: Apple, especially apple juice, can increase blood sugar levels. Monitor your blood sugar carefully if you use apple products and have diabetes.
Medications moved by pumps in cells (Organic Anion-Transporting Polypeptide Substrates) interacts with APPLE
Some medications are moved in and out of cells by pumps. Apple might change how these pumps work and change how much medication stays in the body. In some cases, this might change the effects and side effects of a medication.
Do not take this combination
Fexofenadine (Allegra) interacts with APPLE
Apple juice can decrease how much fexofenadine the body absorbs. Drinking apple juice along with fexofenadine might decrease the effects of fexofenadine. To avoid this interaction, separate taking fexofenadine from consuming apple juice by at least 4 hours.
Atenolol (Tenormin) interacts with APPLE
Apple juice can decrease how much atenolol the body absorbs. Drinking apple juice along with atenolol might decrease the effects of atenolol. To avoid this interaction, separate taking atenolol from consuming apple juice by at least 4 hours.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with APPLE
Consuming apples and drinking apple juice might increase blood sugar levels. Consuming apples and drinking apple juice along with diabetes medications might reduce the effects of these medications. Monitor your blood sugar closely.
Medications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs) interacts with APPLE
Consuming apple juice might increase blood pressure. Consuming apple juice might reduce the effects of blood pressure medications. Monitor your blood pressure closely.
Aliskiren (Tekturna, Rasilez) interacts with APPLE
Apple juice can decrease how much aliskiren the body absorbs. Drinking apple juice along with aliskiren might decrease the effects of aliskiren. To avoid this interaction, separate taking aliskiren from consuming apple juice by at least 4 hours.
Lithium interacts with APPLE
Apple juice might decrease how much lithium the body absorbs. Drinking apple juice along with lithium might decrease the effects of lithium.
Be cautious with this combination
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