Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Apples may boost immune health

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Perhaps the old adage " an apple a day keeps the doctor away" is true. Weight gain and obesity related diseases are certainly a concern for many menopausal women and middle aged men.

Researchers recently found in a study that soluble fiber called pectin from apples may reduce the inflammation associated with obesity-related diseases and strengthens the immune system, says a new study from the US.

Lab animals fed a low-fat diet with apple fiber showed distinctly different responses when their immune system was challenged versus insoluble fiber like bran. The soluble-fiber-fed animals displaying less sickness and had a faster recovery rate than the other animals, according to findings published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.

Researchers from the University of Illinois noted that the study shows that soluble fiber has a direct anti-inflammatory effect and promotes immune health, with the changes observed being achieved with reasonable, and not pharmacological, doses.

Chronic inflammation has been linked to range of conditions linked to heart disease, osteoporosis, cognitive decline and Alzheimer's, type-2 diabetes, and arthritis.

So friends, an apple a day is good for your post menopausal health and truly is what the doctor should order.
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