There are several different apple varieties that are grown in Washington. Most are available starting in the fall but some start as early as mid-August. Apples have a lot of potential, so much so that only a small portion of their health benefits is covered here.

The one major difference apples provide, compared to other fruits, is the large amount of pectin, which is a type of fiber that may help limit the cholesterol the body absorbs and contribute to the prevention of heart disease.

Apples contain phytonutrients that can help you regulate your blood sugar and prevent spikes in blood sugar through enzymes and polyphenols. The enzymes break down carbohydrates into simple sugars. The polyphenols take part in absorption, secretion and uptake of glucose.

B complex vitamins, found in apples, help maintain the nervous system and red blood cells. Vitamin C is also an important nutrient in apples that not only boosts your immune system but plays a role in blocking the damage caused by free radicals.

Apples can work to fight off diseases left and right including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, some cancers, coronary artery disease, and irritable bowel syndrome.

In a less extreme way apples can help your hair and skin. A homemade green apple face mask can help replenish moisture and help smooth fine lines.

Apple cider vinegar can get rid of the bacteria that leads to dandruff so massage some into your scalp after washing for an at home scalp treatment.

Eating an apple a day may not really keep the doctor away but it is probably as close to a miracle fruit as you can get.