Are Apples Good for Hemorrhoids? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Apples are good for hemorrhoids. Because they have pectin and quercetin, and they can soften stools and reduce inflammation.

Hemorrhoids are a condition that affects your anus and lower rectum.

In hemorrhoids, your blood vessels in the anal and rectal area become swollen or inflamed.

This can lead to various health problems, such as bleeding, pain, itching, and prolapse.

One of the key factors in managing hemorrhoids is diet.

What you consume can affect your stool consistency and bowel movements, which can impact your hemorrhoids symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage hemorrhoids, you should consume fiber-rich foods like apples, oats, and beans and avoid low-fiber foods like white bread, cheese, and meat.

Now, apples are fruits that grow on trees and have a crunchy and juicy texture.

People usually eat them raw, with or without the skin, or use them in various recipes, juices, and drinks.

Apples are good for hemorrhoids because they contain pectin, a soluble fiber that can soften stools and prevent constipation and straining.

They also contain quercetin, a flavonoid that may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

One medium apple can give you about 4.4 grams of fiber (16% of your daily needs) and 9.2 milligrams of vitamin C (10% of your daily needs).

Pectin can positively affect hemorrhoids by increasing stool bulk and water content, which can ease the passage of stools and reduce pressure on the hemorrhoidal veins.

Quercetin can positively affect hemorrhoids by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, which may help heal the damaged tissues and prevent further complications.

Furthermore, apples are a low-sodium and high-potassium food and this type of food is good for hemorrhoids.

Because, low-sodium and high-potassium foods can help regulate blood pressure and prevent fluid retention, which can worsen hemorrhoids.

You can eat one or two apples per day safely.

More than that can cause gas, bloating, and diarrhea, which can irritate your hemorrhoids.

Also, you shouldn’t eat apples if you have or suffer from a fructose intolerance or a FODMAP sensitivity to prevent abdominal pain and cramps.

Because, apples contain fructose, a type of sugar that some people cannot digest well.

You can buy fresh apples in your local market or can order them from online.

Always choose firm, smooth, and brightly colored apples.

Because, these indicate that the apples are fresh and have a good flavor and texture.

You can store them in a cool and dry place for up to two weeks or in the refrigerator for up to two months.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing hemorrhoids effectively.

I always recommend my hemorrhoids patients to follow a hemorrhoids-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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