Researchers: Apples help prevent heart attacks, strokes

On its website, CBS News reports that research published in BMJ suggests that “an apple a day may keep the doctor away by preventing thousands of heart attacks and strokes in British adults over 50 years old.”

The NPR “Shots” blog reports that investigators “calculated what would happen if 70 percent of Britons over age 50 ate an apple daily, and compared that with putting that same group of people on statin drugs.” The researchers “estimated 8,500 deaths would be avoided annually because of the apples, and 9,400 due to statins, out of 17.6 million people.”

On its website, Fox News reports that even though “the study didn’t examine why apples seem to demonstrate such a beneficial effect on cardiovascular health,” one of the researchers noted “Fruit and vegetables … (are) natural source of antioxidants and flavonoids which are all related to better cardiovascular health.”

In its report on the study, the Huffington Post pointed out that “This isn’t the first time health benefits have been linked with daily apple-eating. A 2011 study published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association showed that stroke risk goes down 9 percent for every 25 grams you eat of white-fleshed fruit a day (including apples and pears).”

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