©Jeanne E. Webster
The September-October Arthritis Today magazine has good news for us–an apple a day may indeed keep the doctor away. A study recently completed on a group of women ages 45-65 showed that an apple a day may help lower cholesterol levels, along with decreasing C-reactive protein (CRP), a sign of inflammation in the blood.
After including a cup of dried apples a day in their diets for six months, participants realized a 23% decrease in their LDL (bad) cholesterol, a 4% increase in their HDL (good) cholesterol and a 32 % decrease in their CRP. Lower CRP relates to less inflammatory process going on within the blood stream. Also an average loss of 3.3 pounds was realized, confirming earlier studies that pectin, a soluble fiber, gels while in the gastrointestinal tract, helping to curb the appetite.
So ladies, go to the nearest grocery store and buy those apples. An apple is an apple, so don’t worry about which kind to buy, just make sure they are fresh. Overripe ones break down pectin and are less effective. Also it doesn’t matter how you prepare them–fresh, baked or dried; just keep in mind the calories.
(The above article is my review of A Healthy Pick, by Claire Sykes, from the September-October issue of Arthritis Today. If you are seeking a full article presentation, subscribe to the hardcopy through membership in the Arthritis Foundation.) For the online magazine:
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