Consume Apples, An Easy Way to Lower Cholesterol
If previous studies have revealed the benefits of apples to increase heart health. It was known that apples can help prevent heart attacks. Well, a recent study found the benefits of apples for lowering cholesterol levels. This fruit can even work in just one month.
According to this study, consumption of apples every day can lower bad cholesterol or LDL in the blood, up to 40 percent. More effective than drugs that contain polyphenols, a type of antioxidant found in apples.
Cholesterol itself can trigger inflammation and tissue damage when interacting with free radicals. Here apple works for producing antioxidants that can fight it.
“We have data on the effect of oxidized LDL with just one apple a day, for four weeks,” said lead researcher Professor Robert DiSilvestro, from the Ohio State University, according to the Daily Mail.
According DiSilvestro, apples are significantly more effective in lowering LDL that is oxidized, compared with other antioxidants such as green tea and tomatoes.
In this study, they studied the health patterns of active smokers aged 40 to 60 years old, for four weeks. 16 participants were given a red apple, the other 17 participants were supplemented with polyphenols, and 18 others were given a placebo containing no polyphenols.
The researchers found no effect of placebo to decrease LDL levels. While the effect given by the polyphenol supplementation did not work as well as apples. In addition to providing benefits to the reduction in LDL, the researchers also found that antioxidants in saliva that gives implications for dental health.