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2 apples a day cut women’s heart disease risk

July 28, 2012

London, July 27 (ANI): Eating just two apples a day could help protect women against heart disease by cutting their cholesterol levels, a new study has revealed.

Scientists found that apples significantly lowered blood fat levels in postmenopausal women, the group which is most at risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Snacking on the fruit every day for six months slashed cholesterol by almost a quarter.

The biggest reduction was seen in low-density lipoprotein, the so-called ‘bad’ cholesterol that furs up arteries and raises the risk of a life-threatening clot forming near the heart or brain.

The findings, by a team of researchers at Florida State University in the US, support previous evidence that apples could be good for the heart, but it also suggests that they could benefit one of the highest-risk groups.

Around 45 percent of British women will suffer from heart disease or a stroke and it is the biggest single cause of death among post-menopausal women.

Up to the menopause, women appear to have a natural immunity to heart disease and the rate of illness is only a third of that seen in men, but from the age of around 50 onwards, the incidence increases sharply.

Researchers wanted to see if eating the equivalent of two apples every day could have a significant effect on heart disease risk.

They recruited 160 women who had been through the menopause and got half to eat 75 grams a day of dried apple – the equivalent of two medium-sized fresh apples.

As a comparison, the other half were told to eat the same quantity of prunes to see if they had a similar effect. Each volunteer underwent blood tests every three months for one year.

The results showed that after three months total cholesterol levels in the apple-eating group had dropped by nine percent and LDL cholesterol by 16 percent.

After six months, levels were even lower, with total cholesterol down 13 percent and LDL levels dropping by 24 percent. There was no further decline in the remaining six months of the experiment.

Prunes lowered cholesterol levels slightly but not to the same extent as the dried apple.

“Consumption of about two medium-sized apples can significantly lower cholesterol levels as early as three months,” the Telegraph quoted the researchers as saying.

The study has been published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (ANI)

Article source: http://in.news.yahoo.com/2-apples-day-cut-womens-heart-disease-risk-040802869.html


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