The bad LDL cholesterolThe results of a recent case study indicated that the adult blood levels of a substance linked to hardening of the arteries were lowered by 40%, in a group that ate apples every day for a period of four weeks. This substance, they found, lowered oxidised LDL or low-density lipoprotein (the bad cholesterol). In the study, which took place at Ohio State University, the study group (including non-smoking, healthy adults between 40 - 60) were divided into three groups:
- The first group took capsules containing 194 milligrams of antioxidants known as polyphenols (present in apples).
- The second group ate a large Red or Golden Delicious apple each day for 4 weeks.
- The third group took placebos.
The LDL cholesterol study results
- The third placebo group did not experience any change in their oxidised LDL levels.
- The first polyphenol group experienced a reduction in their oxidised LDL levels
- The second group, who simply consumed an apple each day experienced the greatest reduction (40%) in their oxidised LDL levels