Apples and cholesterol! What’s the connection?


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Apples and Lower Cholesterol

Apples are heavenly fruits. They are crunchy and sweet. To feel the juice of the fruits trickling down your parched throat is absolutely divine. But apples are more than a delectable treat. They are loaded with the goodness of vitamins and minerals that nourish the body. It is not for nothing that the proverb ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ came into usage. Especially when it comes to high cholesterol, apples are really good. So, do apples lower cholesterol? Read on to get the answer.

How do apples lower cholesterol?

Not enough research has been done to understand the effect of the ‘apple on cholesterol level aspect.’ But scientists do know a thing or two about the individual compounds of apples such as polyphenols, pectin, soluble fibre and phytosterols-

  • The amount of insoluble fibre, as well as pectin that you find in two ordinary-sized apples, raise good cholesterol (HDL) production by 10%. Conversely, they will also lower bad cholesterol (LDL) production by 5-13%.
  • Apples contain polyphenols that can stop oxidation of bad cholesterol- a primary cause of atherosclerosis (plaque accumulates and blocks the arteries).
  • Elderly women who eat apples every day reported a drop of 23% in their LDL level.

That's not all. Apples help in the metabolism of lipids - a feature that prevents the production of molecules that cause chronic inflammation that is deadly for your heart.REMEMBER: To let an apple work its magic and curb your cholesterol level, eat at least two of them every day. Moreover, eat them with the peal, because that is where all the fibre and pectin lie.


Apples are miracle-workers. They lower cholesterol and also prevent deadly heart inflammations. So try and eat them every day to improve your health. But again, if you fear that you might be at the risk of cholesterol-related issues, get a health check done through MediBuddy today. This way, you can monitor your health and take preventive measures if needed. [av_promobox button='yes' label='Consult a doctor on MediBuddy' link='' link_target='' color='blue' custom_bg='#f00' custom_font='#ffffff' size='large' icon_select='no' icon='ue800' font='entypo-fontello']An apple a day will always help. But nothing can replace the speciality of a doctor. Consult your doctor on MediBuddy.[/av_promobox] Sources:

  1. Verywellhealth
  2. Medicalnewstoday