Heard the old age saying ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away,’ well researchers have now proved that it is true. More so, to keep your heart healthy and improve longevity. A study published in The British Medical Journal claimed that eating an apple every day can keep you safe from a heart attack and stroke. Here are few health benefits of apples you need to know.

Apples have a host of antioxidant flavonoid compounds —quercetin, epicatechin, epigallocatechin, kaempferol and another polysyllabic that lowers LDL or bad cholesterol. In fact, apples work on the same principle as do blood thinners or statins. However, researchers noted that prescribing statins might have some side effects for prolonged use like muscle disease or myopathy whereas eating apples was devoid of any side effects. Here are 10 cholesterol lowering foods.

Apples are also rich in pectins, which are soluble fibres effective in lowering cholesterol levels. An American study also suggested that people who ate an apple every day either the whole fruit or the juice had lower LDL cholesterol levels by 20 percent in just six weeks.

Whether you are at a risk of a heart attack or just want to eat healthy, start your day with eating an apple every day in the morning. Here are other eight fruits that you should eat to boost your heart health.

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