Apples lower cholesterol
For comparison, women who daily for years eating prunes, the cholesterol level remained unchanged, this suggests that these fruits can inhibit the growth of cholesterol.
«Apples are a very powerful tool in the fight against high cholesterol,» says arjmandi, Bahram (Bahram Arjmandi), the study’s lead author and Chairman of the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences at the University of Florida.
Arjmandi, and his colleagues asked 45 women to eat 75 grams (about two slices) of dried apples every day for a year.
For comparison, 55 women ate 100 grams of prunes daily for a year.
At baseline, three, six and 12 months, women have blood tests to measure cholesterol levels.
All women were in postmenopausal period, which is usually associated with increasing cholesterol. In the beginning of the study, the average level was below 200 milligrams per deciliter of blood the threshold above which the risk of heart attack and stroke.
After three months those who ate prunes saw no difference in cholesterol levels. Their cholesterol remained unchanged throughout the 12 months of the study.
Among those who ate dried Apple, total cholesterol dropped by 9%, and the level of low density lipoprotein LDL («bad» cholesterol) fell by 16%.
Six months later, the total cholesterol among fans of apples fell even lower by 13% compared with the beginning of the study and LDL cholesterol dropped by 24%.
After 12 months the level of cholesterol in the blood remained reduced.
«How far apples can lower LDL «bad» cholesterol — is beyond my own imagination. Such a powerful tool,» he said Arjmandi.