An apple a day really does keep the doctor away, finds a new study published in The British Medical Journal.
Researchers from the University of Oxford proved the aphorism right when they found that regularly eating apples after the age of 50 can prevent or delay vascular-related death, such as heart attack and stroke.
The scientists examined how apples and statins each worked to reduce risk of vascular death by analyzing data from the 17.6 million UK adults eligible to take statins. And while statins pulled slightly ahead of produce in effectiveness, statins may also lead to muscle disease, as well as diabetes. (Apples, of course, are side-effect free.) Discover 10 Delicious Ways To Lower Your Blood Pressure.
So while statins are certainly powerful fighters of heart disease (and safe once green-lit by your doctor), consider how simple dietary changes can impact your health -- and try out our A+ apple recipes.
More from MSN Healthy Living:
- Natural ways to lower your blood pressure
- 5 myths about cholesterol
- 5 small ways to help your heart
- Bing: Foods for a healthy heart
a healthy heart and strong cardio
The small things -- the apps you download, the way you think, and the foods you put on your grocery list -- can make big changes.
Chest pain isn't the only sign you've had a heart attack. Here are 7 other symptoms to know.
Easy lifestyle tweaks that will crank up your sex drive.
Now is a great time to develop heart-healthy habits.
Crossed legs, locked knees and tight belts affect your body in surprising ways.
The hardest-working muscle in your body is your heart, according to the Library of Science's Mysteries series.
When it comes to a stroke, the quicker you get treatment the better.
New information may change what you think you know about HDL and LDL cholesterol and heart health.