People use apples for conditions such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, and many others, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Apple is applied to the head for baldness.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness ?
Insufficient Evidence for
- Hay fever. Early research suggests that taking a specific drink (Applephenon, Asahi Food and Healthcare Ltd) containing certain chemicals from apples, called polyphenols, daily for 4 weeks reduces symptoms of hay fever, such as sneezing and swelling inside the nose.
- Alzheimer Disease. Early research shows that drinking apple juice might improve mood and behavior in people with Alzheimer disease. But it doesn't appear to improve memory or mental function.
- Male-pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia). Early research suggests that applying a product containing procyanidin B-2, a chemical in apple, to the scalp might increase hair growth in men with male-pattern baldness.
- Cancer. Early research suggests that eating one or more apples daily might be linked with a lower risk of developing foodpipe (esophageal), colorectal, or voice box (larynx) cancer.
- Tooth plaque. Eating an apple to remove plaque does not work as well as brushing teeth. Eating an apple might even increase tooth plaque.
- Diabetes. Early research suggests that replacing white wheat flour in bread with powdered, dehydrated apple does not improve blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.
- Diarrhea. Some early research suggests that taking a specific combination product containing apple pectin and German chamomile by mouth for 1-3 days might reduce the number of stools and improve symptoms in children with diarrhea. Other research suggests that drinking apple juice might actually worsen episodes of diarrhea in infants.
- Softening and passing gallstones. Some early research suggests that drinking apple juice for 7 days and then adding olive oil on the seventh day before going to bed might soften gallstones and help them leave the body in a bowel movement.
- Lung cancer. There is some early evidence that eating more apples might lower the risk of developing lung cancer.
- Muscle strength. Early research shows that taking a specific blend of ancient peat and apple extract might increase strength and power in men participating in strength training.
- Obesity loss. Some early research suggests that eating apples three times per day might modestly increase weight loss over a period of 12 weeks.
- Cleaning teeth.
- Heart problems.
- Metabolic syndrome.
- Other conditions.
When applied to the skin: Specific chemicals found in apples, called apple polyphenols, are POSSIBLY SAFE when applied directly to the skin, short-term.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Children: Apples are LIKELY SAFE, as long as the seeds aren't eaten. Apple pectin is POSSIBLY SAFE for children when taken by mouth, short-term.
Allergy to apricot and related plants: Apple may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Rosaceae family. Members of this family include apricot, almond, plum, peach, pear, and strawberry. 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.
Fexofenadine (Allegra) interacts with APPLE
Apple juice can decrease how much fexofenadine (Allegra) your body absorbs. Taking apple along with fexofenadine (Allegra) might decrease the effectiveness of fexofenadine (Allegra).
Be cautious with this combination
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