If you’ve read many of my posts you know I am BIG on fresh, real, whole foods in a form as close to how God created them. I read a wonderful article from Life Extension which talks about how apple pectin – the fiber in apples that is right under the skin – has been shown to reduce cholesterol.
The results were pretty impressive. Over 100 women between the ages of 45 and 65 were divided into two groups. One group ate about 2-1/2 ounces of dried apple a day and the other group ate the same amount of dried prunes. The women who ate apples saw a 23% decrease in LDL “bad” cholesterol, and a 3-4% increase in HDL “good” cholesterol. The boost in HDL was especially impressive because it’s difficult to attain even with drugs and exercise.
As far as I am concerned – adjusting your diet and adding exercise should be the first course of action if your doctor is concerned about your cholesterol. Statin drugs are very hard on the liver and as you know you only have one and you can’t live without it – so why chance harming it with drugs?
Apples are among my very favorite fruits and I wholeheartedly agree with the doctor mentioned in the article when he recommends eating a couple of apples daily. I would just say to make sure they are organic so you can safely eat the skin, where much of the benefit is found.
Hippocrates had it right! We should let food be our medicine.
What do you think about that?