An apple a day does keep the doctor away

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Consumption of an apple a day reduces the risk of dying early by 35 per cent, a study has found.

Apples have high levels of flavonoids and fibre which are related to artery relaxation, lower cholesterol and blood pressure and a reduced cancer risk

Dr Jonathan Hodgson, from the UWAs School of Medicine and Pharmacology, said it was down to high concentrations of fibre and flavonoids in the skin.

Professor Aedin Cassidy, from the UEA’s Norwich Medical School, said eating a ‘modest amount’ could lead to important health aids.

We found that an increased consumption of most flavonoids was associated with weight maintenance, and even a modest weight loss.

The results were found to be consistent across men and women, and different ages. However losing even small amounts of weight, or preventing weight gain, can improve health and these modest effects were seen with a small, readily achievable increase in intake of many of these fruits. Just a single portion of some of these fruits per day would have an important impact on health at a population level.

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