I've told you a lot of great things about apples. They help build your muscles, fight cancer, obesity, and diabetes, and lower blood pressure. They can even help keep your cholesterol under control. Now the news just keeps getting better.
A new one-year clinical study found that apples have even greater cardiovascular benefits than we already knew, especially for postmenopausal women.
The study comes out of Florida State University, where Prof. Bahram Arjmandi and his team discovered that eating dried apples may cut the risk of cardiovascular disease for postmenopausal women.
Arjmandi and his team followed 160 women for 12 months. They found that eating dried apples regularly can reduce your total cholesterol by 9%. They also can reduce LDL cholesterol by 16% in only three months. After six and 12 months, the results were even better. The postmenopausal women saw their overall cholesterol drop by 13% and LDL cholesterol by 24%.
"Our findings show that daily incorporation of dried apple into diets favorably improves cardiovascular health" in those women, said Arjmandi and his team. They also found that prunes lowered cholesterol, as well. But they didn't drop cholesterol levels nearly as much as the dried apples. I also think apples will work just as well for men, as other studies indicate they will.
Arjmandi and his team used dried apples for convenience. But they admitted that fresh fruit would likely have even better results. I agree. Fresh is always the best way to eat fruit. However, some people don't like apples or want even more protection without gorging themselves on apples. Eating too many apples can add up to a lot of sugar, which can cause its own health problems.
That's when I recommend AppleBoost. This apple peel extract has all the benefits of eating large amounts of apples without all the sugar. You get all the benefits and none of the sugar.
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.
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