TS News : An Apple a Day Helps Keep a Lady’s High Cholesterol Away
A Smart + Strong Site
Subscribe to:
Tu Salud magazine
E-newsletters
JOIN US Facebook Twitter Twitter
Back to home » TS News

 

October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007

emailprint


April 19, 2011

An Apple a Day Helps Keep a Lady’s High Cholesterol Away

Whether they’re green, yellow or red, dried or fresh, apples improve women’s cholesterol levels and reduce signs of inflammation—qualities, in turn, that suggest a reduced heart disease risk, according to a study presented at the Experimental Biology 2011 conference in Washington, DC, and reported by Time.

For the study, Florida State University (FSU) researchers randomly assigned 160 women to eat about 3 ounces of dried apples or prunes daily. At three, six and 12 months, researchers tested the participants’ blood to measure their heart health risk factors.

After a year, scientists found that women who ate dried apples lowered their cholesterol by 14 percent and their LDL (or bad) cholesterol levels by 23 percent while boosting their HDL (or good) cholesterol by 4 percent. Participants also saw a 32 percent decline in C-reactive protein, an indicator of inflammation (the body’s response to infection or irritants) and a heart disease risk factor.

Researchers also noted that participants who ate prunes also experienced some cholesterol level improvements and reduced inflammation. But prune eaters’ didn’t reap as much benefits as those who ate apples, said Bahram H. Arjmandi, PhD, RD, a professor at FSU and the study’s lead author.

What’s more, women in the apple-eating group also experienced an added bonus. On average, these ladies dropped 3.3 pounds even though dining on dried fruits added 240 extra calories to their diets.

While the study used dried fruit for convenience, fresh fruit is likely to have even greater health benefits, Arjmandi explained.

Click here to learn what other health benefits you can get from fruits—and from veggies too.


Scroll down to comment on this story.



Name:

(will display; 2-50 characters)

Email:

(will NOT display)

City:

(will display; optional)

Comment (500 characters left):

(Note: The Tu Salud team reviews all comments before they are posted. Please do not include either ":" or "@" in your comment. The opinions expressed by people providing comments are theirs alone. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Smart + Strong, which is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by people providing comments.)

Comments require captcha.
Please enter this number for verification:

| Posting Rules



Show comments (0 total)

 
Featured Video
Let's Stop HIV Together / Detengamos Juntos el VIH
For more information in Spanish, click here.
Miss Universe NLAAD Cielo Latino
> More Tu Salud TV

[ about Smart + Strong | about Tu Salud | advertising | contact us | advertising policy ]
© 2014 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.