Eating Apple in Hemorrhoids: Is it SAFE or Not?

Short Answer: Apple is good for hemorrhoids because it has fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants, and they can soften stools, strengthen blood vessels, reduce inflammation, and protect cells.

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

In hemorrhoids, your body has swollen veins in the lower part of your rectum and anus that cause bleeding and discomfort.

This can lead to various health problems, such as anemia, infection, anal fissures, and prolapse.

One of the key factors in managing hemorrhoids is diet.

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

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

Now, apple is a fruit that grows on the apple tree. They usually are eaten raw or used in various recipes, juices, and drinks.

Apple is good for hemorrhoids because it contains fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants.

One medium apple can give you 4.37 grams of fiber (16% of your daily needs), 9.2 mg of vitamin C (10% of your daily needs), and various antioxidants like quercetin and catechin.

Fiber can help soften your stools and reduce straining during bowel movements, which can prevent or relieve hemorrhoids. Fiber can also feed the beneficial bacteria in your gut, which can improve your digestive health.

Vitamin C can help strengthen your blood vessels and reduce inflammation, which can heal your hemorrhoids. Vitamin C can also boost your immune system and prevent infections.

Antioxidants can protect your cells from oxidative stress and inflammation, which can damage your blood vessels and worsen your hemorrhoids. Antioxidants can also have anti-cancer effects and prevent colorectal cancer, which is a possible complication of hemorrhoids.

Furthermore, apple is a low-glycemic food and low-glycemic foods are good for hemorrhoids.

Because they do not cause spikes in blood sugar levels, which can increase pressure in the veins and aggravate hemorrhoids.

You can eat one to two apples per day safely. More than that can cause bloating, gas, or diarrhea, which can irritate your hemorrhoids.

Also, you shouldn’t eat apple seeds if you have hemorrhoids to prevent cyanide poisoning. Because they contain amygdalin, a compound that releases cyanide when digested.

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

Always choose firm, crisp, and brightly colored apples.

Because they are more nutritious and flavorful than soft, dull, or bruised ones. 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, and stress management, 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.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

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

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