apples prevent cardiovascular disease and raspberries help prevent and treat diabetes

Several fruits have received the attention they deserve as healthy foods. But sometimes the really common fruits get overlooked. Here are two fruits in your fridge that are really good for your health.

There are few fruits more common in the world than apples. Yet, despite the popular saying about an apple a day keeping the doctor away, little is written about the health properties of apples.

But life is about to change for the now famous apple. A systematic review and meta-analysis of 10 controlled studies on apples or apple polyphenols has shown that apples significantly increase heart healthy HDL cholesterol, which is even more beneficial than lowering LDL the damaging LDL cholesterol, and that both apples and their polyphenols significantly decrease the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein. These effects mean that apples can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease (Rev Cardiovasc Med 2021 Sep 24 ;22(3):835-843).

So that’s heart disease. What about diabetes? Reach for your raspberries.

A literature review looked at studies of raspberries and people with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. It found that raspberries improve glucose, insulin sensitivity, obesity, cholesterol and inflammation. These effects meant that raspberries can help prevent and treat diabetes (Int J Environ Res Public Health 2021 Sep 4 ;18(17).

So be sure to include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet. And feel good every time you bite into an apple or enjoy a handful of raspberries.


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