Many of the junk foods we eat don’t do a body good. But if you want to protect your heart, medical research confirms there’s one common fruit that’s a champ at keeping arteries clear.
An apple a day may keep the cardiologist away. A study at Ohio State shows that eating an apple every day may lower blood levels of oxidized LDL, the substance that collects in arteries and blocks blood flow.
The people in this experiment ate a large Red or Golden Delicious apple every day for four weeks.
“We got a tremendous effect against LDL being oxidized with just one apple a day for four weeks,” says lead researcher Robert DiSilvestro.
DiSilvestro describes daily apple consumption as significantly more effective at lowering oxidized LDL than other antioxidants he has studied, including the spice-based compound curcumin, green tea and tomato extract.
“Not all antioxidants are created equal when it comes to this particular effect,” he says.
DiSilvestro first became interested in studying the health effects of eating an apple a day after reading a Turkish study that found the regimen increases an antioxidant enzyme in the body.