It is possible to prevent approximately 8,500 deaths per year in UK if every person having age greater than 50 ate an apple everyday as said by researchers. The researchers in BMJ said that the beneficial effects of eating apple on cardiac system are similar as a result from using statins.
It was found in population surveys that most of the people do not even eat the recommended five portions of the fruit and vegetable per day. So the fruits can work better without causing any side effect but it seems challenging to compel people to comply.
We can get lots of valuable effects if started to eat more, according to the Dr Adam Briggs and colleagues, from the British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group at Oxford University. In simple words we can say that “an apple a day can keep doctor away” (Victorian mantra) is very suitable for people above 50s.
The researchers evaluated the effect by giving statins (cholesterol lowering drugs) to patients suffering from stroke and heart attack once in a day and compared it with those who ate (people over 50s) an apple per day. They found that statins can save nearly 9,500 deaths whereas eating an apple a day can avoid 8,500 deaths.
Table 1: composition of apple
Dr Briggs said: “The Victorians had it about right when they came up with their brilliantly clear and simple public health advice, ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’
“It just shows how effective small changes in diet can be, and that both drugs and healthier living can make a real difference in preventing heart disease and stroke.
“While no-one currently prescribed statins should replace them for apples, we could all benefit from simply eating more fruit.”
“Apples have long been known as a natural source of antioxidants and chemical compounds called flavanoids, all of which are good for our health and wellbeing.
“This study shows that, as part of a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruit and veg, a daily apple could help to reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease. ”
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