If you are a woman, you have gone through menopause and have bad cholesterol through the roof, the University of the State of Florida (USA) offers you a simple natural remedy to lower it: eat apples every day. This is confirmed in a study he has made public during the meeting 'Experimental Biology 2011'. According to this work, the long-term cardioprotective effects of taking apples are more than evident.
Up to 160 women between 45 and 65 years old participated in this study. According to Margaret A. Sitton, who is responsible for the study, six months later, "incredible changes were seen in women who ate apples, as they experienced a 23 percent decrease in LDL cholesterol, the so-called bad cholesterol." The daily consumption of apples also led to a reduction in the levels of hydroperoxide lipid and C-reactive protein in these women.
And that's not all, it also seems to have an effect on HDL (good) cholesterol: "I never expected apple consumption to reduce bad cholesterol in this measure while increasing good cholesterol by about four percent" , says Bahram Arjmandi, co-author of the study. All this has protective benefits for the heart, for example, it helps to stop the onset or evolution of atherosclerosis.
Another advantage is that the 240 extra calories per day from dried apple consumption did not lead to weight gain in women, but actually lost an average of 1.5 kilograms. "The reduction of body weight is an added benefit to the daily consumption of apples," adds Arjmandi, part of the reason for weight loss could be the pectin in the fruit, which is known to cause a feeling of sickness. To confirm the results of this study is a national study among multiple researchers.
Source: EUROPE PRESS