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Apples are good source of vitamin C, which is an antioxidant and helps to maintain the immune system. The fresh and uncooked apples are traditionally used to treat constipation whereas the stewed apples are used for diarrhea and gastroenteritis.

Some verities of apples contain large quantity of phosphorus than any other fruit or vegetable. Because of this it is an invaluable nerve and brain nutrient. Sufferers from nerve and brain exhaustion should eat at least two apples at the beginning of each meal.

Dried apples are useful for athletes as a source of carbohydrate that is quickly converted to energy. By weight for weight, dried apples contain six times more calories than fresh apples.

Apples are highly beneficial in the treatment of all types of headaches. A ripe apple, after removing the upper rind and the inner hard portion should be taken with a little salt every morning on empty stomach is beneficial in such cases.

Apples are also invaluable to sufferers from the stone or calculus and used in poultices for skin inflammation.

The banana is invaluable in inflammation of all kinds. For this reason it is very useful in cases of typhoid fever, gastritis, peritonitis, etc., and may constitute the only food allowed for a time.

Bananas are excellent food for anemic persons on account of the iron they contain. A very palatable way of taking them is with fresh orange juice and they contain all the 8 amino acids our body cannot produce itself. Bananas are a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamin C.

A comparatively old-fashioned remedy, for sprained or bruised places that show a tendency to become inflamed is to apply a plaster of banana skin.

Carrots are strongly antiseptic and excellent source of beta carotene. They are said to be mentally invigorating and nerve restoring. They have the reputation of being very indigestible and unlike other vegetables, carrots are more nutritious eaten cooked than raw. It is because the raw carrots have tough cellular walls, the body is able to convert less than 25 % of their beta carotene in to vitamin A .But when used medicinally it is best to take the fresh, raw juice.


Raw carrot juice or a raw carrot eaten fasting, will expel worms. The cooked carrot is useless for this purpose.

A poultice of fresh carrot pulp will heal ulcers. Fresh carrot juice is also good for consumptives on account of the large amount of sugar it contains.

Carrots are very good for gouty subjects and for derangements of the liver.

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