Eating an apple a day could prevent or delay around 8,500 deaths from cardiovascular disease in the over 50s, according to a study from the University of Oxford. In comparison statins could prevent around 9,500 deaths.
Researchers from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Health Promotion Research Group used mathematical models to test the health impacts of prescribing an apple a day to all adults aged 50 and over.
Maureen Talbot, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the BHF, said:
“The ‘apple a day’ message has survived for over a century, though now we encourage people to eat five different fruits and vegetables a day, not just one apple.
“However, while fruit is undoubtedly good for you, it shouldn’t replace vital heart medicines, such as statins, prescribed by your doctor.
“This study reiterates that statins save lives. They are one of the safest medicines available and their benefits far outweigh any risks of side effects. If you’re unsure about your medication, speak to your doctor as there are often different types or doses you could try.”