“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” You better believe it! Apples are a super food that will help you maximize your nutritional status, if eaten consistently. Apple consumption has been associated with a decreased likelihood of stroke1, congestive heart failure2 and cardiovascular disease2.
Have you ever heard of pectin? It is a soluble fiber found in apples that may help lower your cholesterol. Pectin blocks the absorption of LDL or “bad” cholesterol into your blood. This is one reason why your heart loves apples. Uncontrolled high cholesterol can cause stress on your heart and potentially lead to a heart attack.
Apples are a good source of potassium, which helps manage your blood pressure. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to heart failure, kidney problems and a stroke, to name a few. Eating apples and other fruits and vegetables rich in potassium can help prevent the negative side effects of high blood pressure.
Vitamin C is a popular antioxidant that helps prevent inflammation in your body. Guess what? Apples are a good source of vitamin C. When free radicals enter your body, vitamin C prevents these harmful chemicals from damaging your body.
Since we know that apples are good for your heart, make it your mission this week to eat an apple a day. Crunch into the juicy fruit and know that your heart will benefit from your healthy lifestyle choices.
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By Laura Oliver, MS, RD
1Larsson, S. C., J. Virtamo, and A. Wolk. “Total and Specific Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Risk of Stroke: A Prospective Study.” Atherosclerosis 227.1 (2013): 147-52. Print.
2Mink, P. J., et al. “Flavonoid Intake and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality: A Prospective Study in Postmenopausal Women.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 85.3 (2007): 895-909. Print.