Drop oxidized LDL levels by 40% and avoid hardened arteries
December 03, 2012
Volume 2 | Issue 95
Last year, I told you about the amazing power of apples to prevent falls. The fruit’s peel contains high levels of nutrients that keep your muscles strong and flexible, so you’re less likely to fall and hurt yourself. Now there’s new research that says this fruit doesn’t just help your leg, arm, and back muscles, but it also helps your heart muscle. But it does so in a different way.
One of the nutrients in apples that I told you about, ursolic acid, actually builds your muscles and keeps them from atrophying. It does this for your heart as well. But this new study found another way that apples protect your heart. They lower your blood levels of oxidized LDL, that’s the most dangerous form of cholesterol. It’s a primary cause of inflammation and tissue damage in your vascular system. This leads to hardening of the arteries, plaque formation, and heart attacks.
In this study, the researchers had 16 participants eat an apple every day for four weeks. They had 17 participants take a capsule of 194 mg of polyphenols a day. And another 18 volunteers took a placebo. Those taking the placebo didn’t see any effect on their oxidized LDL cholesterol.
However, the other two groups did see a change. The researchers found that eating one apple a day for four weeks will lower your oxidized LDL levels by 40%. The polyphenol group saw its oxidized LDL go down as well, but not nearly as much.
Lead researcher Robert DiSilvestro, professor of human nutrition at Ohio State University and a researcher at the university's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, called these results “tremendous.” If you could patent a product that has these “tremendous” results, you’d make a fortune.
Fortunately, you don’t have to take anything to lower your oxidized LDL. All you have to do is eat an apple a day. In fact, the whole fruit was more effective than just the isolated polyphenols.
What’s more, apples have a better effect on oxidized LDL than just about any other antioxidant. In fact, DiSilvestro said eating an apple every day is significantly more effective at lowering oxidized LDL than curcumin, green tea, and tomato extract. And we know how effective these are at protecting your heart. But DiSilvestro insists, “Not all antioxidants are created equal when it comes to this particular effect.”
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So keep your cardiologist away simply by eating that “apple a day.” If you don’t like apples, or prefer to see even better results, there’s an easy way to see the same (if not better) results. There is a relatively inexpensive product on the market called AppleBoost that brings a concentrated dose of apple peel. This isn’t one isolated nutrient from the apple peel. It contains a concentrated extract of the entire apple peel. So it could be the difference between having coronary artery disease and having healthy arteries. Apples are that effective.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
Shi Zhao, Joshua Bomser, Elizabeth L. Joseph, Robert A. DiSilvestro. “Intakes of apples or apple polyphenols decease plasma values for oxidized low-density lipoprotein/beta2-glycoprotein I complex.” Journal of Functional Foods, 2012; DOI: 10.1016/j.jff.2012.08.010