Apples Good for Heart | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

My comment:  The current recommendation is for 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Apples look like a good option for one of these servings.

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Apples Reduce Oxidized LDL: Teachers will love apples even more when they understand how the fruit helps to keep arteries unclogged. It's believed that an apple a day will keep the doctor away, but now researchers know why. A group of 16 healthy volunteers who ate an apple a day for 4 weeks had a 40% reduction in oxidized LDL compared with 18 people who took two placebo capsules per day supposedly containing apple polyphenol extract. A third group of 17 volunteers who consumed two capsules of apple polyphenol extract per day for 4 weeks registered a measurable effect regarding oxidized LDL, but not as strong as the effect among those who ate actual apples.