Packed with soluble fiber, apples are proven to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. This fiber, in the form of pectin, encourages the body to use its cholesterol rather than store it. Apples’ high concentration of flavonoids can help lower blood pressure and reduce risk of stroke.
One study showed favorable results when comparing the effects of eating a daily apple to the use of statins, a medication that lowers cholesterol. More research is needed, so please don’t trade your heart medicine for apples!
Don’t forget to eat the skin. It’s a treasure-trove of antioxidants that prevent cellular damage from free radicals. This further helps heart health, and can defend against cancer and other illnesses.