Donna G Posted March 3, 2004 Share Posted March 3, 2004 An Apple A Day May Keep the Heart and Lung Specialists Away Researchers at the University of California Davis Medical School studied how eating apples and drinking apple juice every day affects heart disease risk. The 12-week study showed that by simply including apples in the diet (and without making any other dietary changes), study participants were able to reduce their risk of heart disease. Apples contain a variety of antioxidant phytochemicals that decrease LDL oxidation. Oxidized LDL cholesterol is more likely to build up in arteries, a process that can cause heart attacks and stroke. Researchers from the University of Nottingham, located in the United Kingdom, recently reported that people who eat five or more apples a week have better lung function and lower risk of asthma and other respiratory disease compared to people who rarely eat apples. Their findings were based on a 10-year study involving 2,633 people examining relationships between diet and respiratory health. The researchers suspect that antioxidants in apples lead to these health benefits. In 1997 Finnish researchers reported that the antioxidant flavonoids may reduce the risk of lung cancer. This finding is based on a 25-year study examining relationships between diet and health in nearly 10,000 Finnish men. Want Healthier Lungs? Eat More Apples and Onions. Researchers at the University of Hawaii studied 600 lung cancer patients and 600 cancer-free patients to see if dietary intake of quercetin, a phytochemical found in apples and onions, might reduce cancer risk. The researchers found a statistically significant reduction in lung cancer risk among the study participants who consumed the most quercetin from apples and onions. They found that participants who had consumed the most quercetin during their lives had the lowest risk of developing cancer. Results of this study were published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in January 2000. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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