Apples lower bad cholesterol

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Apples lower bad cholesterol

According to evidence-based studies, apples sustainably lower LDL cholesterol. The effect is even more intense than previously thought. After about six months of study, the cholesterol level in the participants dropped by about 23 percent. In naturopathy, apples have long been a true wonder fruit.

Dried apples lower LDL cholesterol levels
Apples lower bad LDL cholesterol in the body. Approximately half a year later, peak values ​​of minus 23 percent could be achieved if patients consumed at least one apple (75 grams) in dry form every day. This was the finding of researchers from "Florida State University" during a comparative study with 160 participants.

160 women aged between 45 and 65 years participated in the study. The subjects were divided into two groups of equal size. In addition to the daily diet, one group was given 75 grams of dried apples. The comparison group each consumed 75 grams of prunes. Blood lipid levels were measured at the start of the study. The blood samples were taken again after three, six and twelve months. The scientists determined the average blood values ​​from the results.

23 percent less LDL cholesterol
After six months, significantly better cholesterol values ​​were found in the first group. "Apple eaters' LDL cholesterol dropped 23 percent," said Bahram H. Arjmandi, director of study at Florida University. In addition, there were noticeably fewer indications of inflammatory processes in the blood in the determinable range. In the planning phase, the research team assumed that blood lipid levels improved, but this result was surprising, as Arjmandi explained. The positive HDL cholesterol levels have also risen visibly. Here an increase of four percent was measured among apple consumers.

Losing excess calories with apples Many people assume that regular and permanent consumption of sugary apples increases appetite and promotes weight gain. The study was also able to refute this prejudice. Most of the participants lost weight during the study period. The reason for this decrease in weight is the pectin contained in the apple. This substance causes premature saturation, as the researchers suspect. The apple group showed an average body weight loss of 1.5 to 2.0 kg. Further evaluation suggested that the dried apples triggered a variety of positive effects on the cardiovascular system.

Daily apple consumption stimulates the digestive function in the body A Danish apple study by the Technical University of Copenhagen in 2010 came to the conclusion that daily apple consumption stimulates the digestive functions of the body. For a longer period, rats were only given apples in the form of whole fruits, juice and mush. In the laboratory, the animals had a large number of useful bacterial cultures that have a positive effect on the digestive tract. In addition, the researchers found that these bacteria apparently have a beneficial effect on the production of short-chain fatty acids, which are important for the energy supply of the body and overall ensure a healthy balance of the intestinal organisms. Here, too, the scientists made the high content of pectin responsible for the health-promoting developments.

An apple for health every day
The studies therefore show that the saying "whoever eats an apple every day stays healthy for a long time" is actually true. The results of the dried apple study were presented at the "Experimental Biology 2011" science conference in Washington, DC. (sb)

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