October 29, 2013 -- One fruit slashes your LDL cholesterol fast
Next time you head to the store to pick up your cholesterol meds you might want to reach for some apples too.
It turns out that an apple a day could be the key to keeping the statins at bay.
According to research, apples are a natural cholesterol regulator. And we’re not talking a small reduction here. Heck, I wouldn’t even call it a modest one. One study finds an apple habit could slash your LDL cholesterol levels by a stunning 40 percent in just 30 days!
Given the choice between a juicy delicious apple or a heavy duty statin whose side effects could include kidney damage, liver damage, and serious muscle pain I sure know which one I would choose, but what about you?
I’d call that the very definition of a no-brainer.
And, as if a 40 percent drop in cholesterol wasn’t impressive enough, this super fruit has even more to offer. Statins are linked with diabetes, but people who indulge in apples have a lower risk of the disease.
Just be sure your heading to the produce aisle and not the supplement aisle… this time it’s the whole food that’s going to give you the most benefits.
Volunteers who received the polyphenols from apples in the form of a supplement didn’t see quite as dramatic results. Although their LDL levels did dip they couldn’t compete with the apple-eaters results.
If you choose dried instead of fresh apples you can expect to see your cholesterol levels drop too. But according to another study the reduction is likely to be a bit slower and bit less impressive… around 24 percent in half a year.