(BOSTON) -- More than one in three adults in the United States have one or more types of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association. Now University of Michigan Health System researchers say that adding apples or apple products (such as apple sauce, cider or juice) to one’s diet may lower the risk of developing heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the U.S.
“When rodents prone to obesity were given a higher fat diet -- similar to a ‘typical American’ diet -- and fed a freeze dried powder made from whole apples (roughly equivalent to two medium-sized apples per day), the results showed a heart health benefit that went beyond cholesterol reduction alone,” Dr. Mitch Seymour, a lead researcher on the study, explained at this week’s American Dietetic Association (ADA) Annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition in Boston.
The research team speculates that a reduction in oxidative stress may be a key factor in the perceived improvement of heart health including blood pressure reduction and increased heart function. Researchers say the antioxidant properties of apples appear to reduce oxidative stress, and consequently, also reduce overall heart damage.
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