AN APPLE A DAY
THE BENEFITS OF APPLES
AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY
An apple a day is excellent for cardiovascular health because it has a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels. A study by researchers at the University of Florida, who presented their study results at a congress of Biology, shows that an apple a day helps to lower “bad” cholesterol and slightly increase “good” cholesterol. According to the experiments on animals, these benefits woud be due to properties of apple pectin and polyphenols, which act favorably on lipid metabolism.
The research took place at the University of Florida and it was conducted on a group of 160 women aged between 45 and 65 years. Half of the women ate daily for an year 75 grams (2,65 ounces) of dried apples and the other half 75 grams (2,65 ounces) of prunes. They were taken blood every three and six months and of course at the end of the year. The results showed great changes in women who ate apples, says Dr. Arjamandi, who led the study. For these women the results showed that “bad” cholesterol has decreased by 23% and “good” cholesterol has increased by 4%. They also showed a significant decrease in the production of certain inflammatory molecules. More than that, the additional calories did not lead to an increase in weight, but on the contrary women lost about 3 kg (6.6 pounds) per year.
An apple a day may strengthen the immune system and reduce inflammation due to the weight and diabetes, according to researchers at the University of lllinois. This property is due to soluble fiber contained by the fruit. Fiber helps reducing blood cholesterol and prevent heart disease. According to researchers, comsumption of 28 – 35 grams of soluble fiber per day is beneficial to health and have anti-inflammatory effects. It is said that it may also prevent colon cancer. The apples in the market significantely slow down the progressive development of senile dementia for Alzheimer’s disease, U.S scientist say, according to Journal of Neurochemistry. The sweet-sour peel of the fruit contains special substances that stimulate the transmission of impulses from one nerve cell to anothers, this kind of process being the one which is disrupoted in Alzheimer disease. Apples are not only tasty, but as we can see, they have a lot of benefits for our organism, so try to include apples in your daily diet for a healthy life.