The author described the results as "incredible" and concluded that there was some truth in the saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away".
Blood samples were taken at the start of the study and at three, six and 12 months. The apple group they experienced a 23 per cent decrease in LDL cholesterol, which is known as the 'bad cholesterol', by 6 months.
They also shed on average 3.3lbs (1.5kg).
The author said: "Everyone can benefit from consuming apples."
Previous studies have shown that apple pectin and compounds called polyphenols - also present in substances such as blueberries, tea and dark chocolate - stimulate the breakdown of fats in the blood and reduce inflammation of vessel walls, which both reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
This recent research is the first to evaluate the long-term cardioprotective effects of daily consumption of apple in postmenopausal women.
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (2011, April 12). 'Apple a day' advice rooted in science. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
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