A new study, funded by an apple industry group, has found that eating an apple a day can lower your cholesterol. The study of healthy, middle-aged adults found that eating one apple a day for four weeks lowered the blood levels of a chemical linked to hardening of the arteries by 40 per cent.
Taking capsules of the antioxidant found in apples had a similar effect, but the results were not as good.
The chemical linked to hardening of the arteries is oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or ‘bad’ cholesterol. When this chemical oxidises it takes on a form which begins ‘atherosclerosis’, or hardening of the arteries. After eating the apples the difference was described as “similar to that found between people with normal coronary arteries versus those with coronary artery disease”.
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