While an apple a day won’t keep the doctor away for sure, but there’s definitely some truth behind the old folk remedy.
An apple a day can prevent or at least delay about 8,500 deaths from cardiovascular disease in the people aged over 50, according to a study from the University of Oxford.
What’s even more significant is that more than thousand extra lives could be saved if that apple was swapped for a statin a day. Statins are drugs lowering the level of bad cholesterol in the blood. High levels of bad cholesterol can cause fatty deposits to build up in your arteries, which ultimately increases risk of conditions such as coronary heart disease.
The study, which was published in the British Medical Journal, highlights the importance of the message that while fruit is definitely good for you, it shouldn’t replace heart medicines, such as statins.