It turns out that eating an apple a day actually might keep the doctor away – and could potentially save thousands of lives too. Eating apples could be a tasty way to lower your chances of dying from cardiovascular disease. Although apples are not the only fruit we can add to our diet, fruit and vegetables are an important part of our diet in particularly playing a role in reducing cholesterol and maintaining cardiovascular health.
Researchers at The University of Oxford have concluded that if everyone over the age of 50 ate 1 apple a day, in the UK alone 8,500 deaths from strokes and heart attacks could be prevented every year.
Eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables could be as effective as statins in maintaining good cholesterol levels so don’t just stop at 1, ideally we should aim to eat up to 10 portions a day. Here are some fruits and vegetables that are reported to be effective in lowering cholesterol:
- Citrus fruits, particularly grapefruit
But does this mean we should stop our cholesterol med and eat apples?
Researchers say it’s too soon to replace your cholesterol drug with an apple a day. But eating the fruit could boost heart protection even more.
In their study that comes on the heels of new cholesterol medication prescribing guidelines, the researchers used an assessment tool to predict how eating an apple a day would affect mortality from cardiovascular disease. Then they compared the fruit’s benefit to taking a cholesterol lowering drug.
If you’re looking for an easy way to protect heart health, try eating an apple a day. Past studies have suggested the antioxidant rich fruit might also help prevent cancer, lower the chances of Alzheimer’s disease and boost immunity to prevent infection. Besides thwarting heart disease and stroke and more, eating an apple a day also promotes dental health. My personal suggestion is to buy organic apples to avoid the pesticides in the skin that contains most of the nutrients.