An Apple a Day Beats Statins For Hearth Health

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. It has finally been proven with a study in the UK.  Just be sure your apple is an organic one. Apples can be sprayed up to 26 times during the growing season. That level of chemicals may damage your liver in the process of helping your heart and blood pressure. Of course exercise has to be part of the equation. I don’t mean a heavy gym work out, just regular fast walking. 30 mins a day should do it.  Apples don’t have side effects either. You can’t say the say for the drugs you might need if you didn’t eat the apple.

Research Claims an Apple a Day Is Comparable to Daily Statin Use

In a recent study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ)16 found that simply eating an apple a day might help prevent cardiovascular-related deaths in those over 50 to a similar degree as using a daily statin. This reminds me of the recent analysis17 that found exercise is just as potent as medications for pre-diabetes and heart disease. In fact, the evidence was so strong, the researchers suggested that drug companies ought to be required to include exercise for comparison when conducting clinical trials for new drugs. Perhaps diet ought to be a standard comparator as well?

As reported by Medical News Today,18 there’s plenty of research suggesting that statins will reduce your risk of a vascular event like heart attack and stroke, even if you don’t have an underlying risk of cardiovascular problems. Such questionable research is being used to push for more widespread use of the drugs. But just how valuable is such research, once you compare it to something as simple as adding an apple to your diet?

“…[T]he investigators decided to see how widespread use of statins would impact the rate of vascular mortality in the over-50 UK population, and they compared this with the effects of apple consumption… From their calculations, they found that if 17.6 million people in the UK took a statin a day, this would reduce the number of vascular deaths by 9,400. If the whole over-50 UK population (22 million) ate an apple a day, this could reduce the annual number of vascular deaths by 8,500.

But the researchers took into account the side effects of statin use, stating that prescribing a statin to everyone over the age of 50 could lead to over 1,000 extra cases of muscle disease (myopathy) and more than 10,000 additional cases of diabetes…

Source: Dr Mercola

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