An Apple a Day May Keep Bad Cholesterol Away!

A new study discovered that apples promoted good cholesterol levels in the participating women.   Researchers from Florida State University were surprised at the results of their study that included 160 females aged 45-85 randomly selected to received either 75 grams of dried apples or dried prunes for a whole year.  The apple consumption group significantly reduced the blood levels of total cholesterol and low density cholesterol (LDL- bad cholesterol) by 14% and 23%, respectively. Good cholesterol (HDL) increased in the study group by 4%.  The atherogenic  (plaque building) risk ratios of lipid  and C-reactive protein levels were also improved in the apple group.

The women in the study group also lost an average of 3.3 pounds even though the apples added another 240 calories to the usual daily diet.  Dr. Bahram Arjmandi who led the study, suggested that weight loss may be due to the pectin in apples which satisfies hunger.   Early animal studies had already suggested that apple and its components, e.g. apple pectin and polyphenols, improve lipid metabolism and lower the production of proinflammatory molecules. The authors believed that this study was the first  to look at the cardioprotective effects of daily consumption of apple for one year in postmenopausal women.

Of course, more studies will need to be done to reconfirm these results and look at the cellular interactions but we already know that apples are a good source of fiber, so why not have “an apple a day!”

 

17 Comments

  1. Sulaman Manik
    Posted May 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    It’s clear that you’ve researched this project in detail. After reading other like articles, I learned from reading this. I’m intrigued by your ideas and am in agreement with you

  2. Edgar- Abogados en Obregón
    Posted May 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Is well known from long time ago, that benefit brings to eat an apple daily health. so with this kind of research what my grandmama said…comes true.

    thx

  3. Tina
    Posted May 15, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Wow! What a simple yet effective article. Clearly the apple offers so many benefits for our bodies it’s hard to understand why we don’t eat them on a regular basis.

    Tina

  4. Caroline Sound
    Posted May 17, 2011 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    It just shows that the old saying is true and the old generation knew this!

  5. Gps Forex Robot
    Posted May 19, 2011 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    Bad cholesterol is responsible for many diseases including heart attacks. Eating an apple a day seems to be simple solution for the big problem. Author deserves appreciation for sharing this valuable information.

  6. Nikki Sims
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    apple a day keeps doctor away is really very old saying, but as you can see, it is absolutely true and and our ancestors knew that very well.

  7. Jim
    Posted July 4, 2011 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    I think it will be interesting to repeat this experiment in a group of men with similar research methods. It will be worthwhile comparing the results since there is a higher incidence or morbidity and mortality in men associated with high cholesterol i.e IHD, stroke

  8. cholesterol lowering foods
    Posted July 17, 2011 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    A peach and apple make great snacks. They are satisfactory and will work to remove cholesterol from your system while you enjoy it.

  9. Doug@DailyHealthBlitz
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    In this age of intense marketing of exotic super fruits, it is nice to read about such a common and boring fruit such as the apple! I eat apples as a energy pick me up and it’s great to hear it may be helping my cholesterol.

  10. Scott
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    My wife is 59 with high chlorestorol and this is excellent material. i will be sharing with her. Thanks!!!

  11. Megha
    Posted September 1, 2011 at 6:03 am | Permalink

    Very good news for woman that we can maintain our cholesterol using apple. I like apple.In weekend every day I take 2 apple. But as per this report I think need to start everyday one apple. Exclusive news.

  12. Tom
    Posted September 20, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Great article. Fruits are always a great food when it comes to fighting high cholesterol or lowering cholesterol.

  13. Jo Pfau
    Posted September 28, 2011 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    I like this article i will share it with my family.

  14. free apple products
    Posted September 29, 2011 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    I really like this article, I must tell more people to read it.

  15. Jason
    Posted April 18, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Not only apple’s .. you should eat different fruits everyday

  16. domain registrar
    Posted June 27, 2012 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    These are just studies, but it is still good in promoting good health. Apples are one of great fruits, and should be included in our diet. Thanks for sharing this article!

  17. Colesterol Foods
    Posted August 6, 2012 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    it is true, the scientists found that apples can lower blood fat levels significantly in postmenopausal women, the group at highest risk of heart attack and stroke. In addition, eating fruit every day for six months can lower cholesterol by 25 percent. Thank you for sharing it. Another time I come back to this site.

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