Volume 11, Issue 58 | July 16, 2014
Can an apple a day protect your
cells from damage?
Everyone I know is familiar with the old saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." Well, it's true. A new study found that apples can actually protect your blood cells against oxidative stress.

I've told you about oxidative stress in the past. It can cause serious damage to your cells. So much so that it can cause disruptions in normal cellular signaling. It can lead to a dramatic rise in inflammation and cancer.

This study looked only at six people. It's a very small sample. But the results tell all.

Researchers placed all six people on a diet poor in antioxidants for two days. After that, they gave them a homogenate from 600 grams of red delicious unpeeled apples or water.

Then they collected their blood at 0, 3, 6 and 24 hours after consumption. The researchers exposed the white blood cells of these samples to a significant oxidant stress in the test tube. Here's what they found.

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The researchers found that the apple extract significantly protected the cells. Of course, the protection gradually diminished over the 24 hours. So to keep up the protection, you'll need to follow the old adage.

While this is a small study, the results are very objective. They could enlarge the sample considerably and they would most likely see the exact same results. It's not like a questionnaire study that can be subjective. The measurements are clear — and so are the results.

Apples are delicious. Make sure to eat them with the peel, and, that they are organic. You also can take an apple-peel extract like AppleBoost, which has a much more powerful impact than just one apple.

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