Apple a Day Lowers LDL Cholesterol and More
I love apples. I eat them nearly every day and with this new report from Florida State University on the benefits to lowering LDL – the bad cholesterol – I will be eating one every day. The other benefit is to lower C-reactive protein. I have read numerous articles on what ages us and it is linked to inflammation throughout the body.
“C-reactive protein is produced by the liver. The level of CRP rises when there is inflammation throughout the body. ” – Source: Medline Plus
Two great reasons to eat an apple – or dried apples – which are cheap and very good for your heart!
LA Times reports: An apple a day really can help keep the doctor away, at least for postmenopausal women, researchers said Tuesday.
In a study of 160 women who ate either dried apples or prunes daily for one year, the women who ate apples saw their low-density lipoprotein cholesterol – the “bad” kind known as LDL – drop by 23% after six months. At the same time, their “good” high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, or HDL, rose about 4% over the course of the study.
Women in the dried apple group ate 2/3 cup of the fruit each day. Though the apple slices added 240 calories to their daily diet, these women wound up losing weight – 3.3 pounds, on average. These women also saw their levels of C-reactive protein (a measure of potentially dangerous inflammation) and lipid hydroperoxide (which can signal higher risk for cardiovascular problems) fall.
Researchers from Florida State University decided to put apples to the test because the fruit contains pectin, which improves the body’s ability to metabolize fat, and polyphenols, which dials back production of inflammatory molecules. At least, those effects had been demonstrated in animals. Now they have some preliminary data that the same might be true in people.
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