An Apple a Day can help keep the doctor away! Apples may prevent heart disease and actually promote a healthy heart in several different ways by:
1.) Lowering cholesterol 2.) Improving the function of your blood vessels
Apples help your heart because they are loaded with nutrients (flavinoids) and fiber (pectin).
An average apple contains about 5 grams of fiber, also know as pectin. Pectin is a natural fiber found in fruits. Apples are one of the #1 sources for pectin! Research has shown that for every 10 grams of fiber added to your diet, there is a 14% reduction in heart illness.
There was also a large study of post-menopausal women in Iowa reported by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition which showed a direct correlation with the lowered risk of heart disease and a high level of flavoinoids.
Flavinoids are compounds with anti-oxidant properties which are naturally found in numerous plants foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices.
The American Heart Association (AHA) emphasizes that women increase their intake of fruits and vegetables to help prevent heart disease over their lifetime.
So be sure to start eating one apple a day, its delicious and nutritious!