A new study suggests that eating apples each day could significantly improve the heart health of middle-aged adults in
just one month.
Those who ate a daily apple over four weeks lowered 'bad' cholesterol in the blood by 40 per cent - a substance linked
to hardening of the arteries.
Taking capsules containing polyphenols, a type of antioxidant found in apples, had a similar, but not as large, effect.
'Bad' cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein (LDL) can
interact with free radicals to become oxidized, which can
trigger inflammation and can cause tissue damage.
Research leader, Professor Robert DiSilvestro, from Ohio
State University, said: 'When LDL becomes oxidized, it
takes on a form that begins atherosclerosis, or hardening
of the arteries.
'We got a tremendous effect against LDL being oxidized with just one apple a day for four weeks.'
The difference was similar to that found between people with normal coronary arteries versus those with coronary artery disease, he said.