Apple a day may reduce heart attacks, strokes

Researchers in the U.K, say that people over 50 who eat an apple a day can reduce their risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

They found that apples would give a similar boost to cardiovascular health as statins, but not carry side effects. In addition, they said any fruit should work, but getting people to eat more fruit is challenging, as more than two-thirds of adults do not get the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

The researchers calculated that if adults of all ages ate just one extra portion of fruit or vegetables a day, as many as 11,000 vascular deaths could be avoided each year.

They also found that in people over 50, if at least seven out of 10 people complied with either taking a statin a day or eating an apple a day, statins would save 9,400 lives a year in the U.K. and apples would save 8,500 lives a year.

The researchers concluded that small changes in diet can be very effective at preventing heart disease and stroke.

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