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Can Apples Help Lower Blood Pressure?

By Staff Curator / February 25, 2015
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Proof of the health benefits that are hidden on the outside of fruit as well as the inside.

By Maylin Rodriguez-Paez, RN (blog.lef.org) – Remember that old saying about an apple a day keeping the doctor away? Well, in Canada, scientists have discovered yet another reason to justify that premise. A recent experiment has revealed that apple peels may help to lower blood pressure.

As you probably know, keeping your blood pressure within an optimal range is essential for living a long, healthy life. Uncontrolled blood pressure can increase your risk for heart attack and stroke, as well as shorten your life span.

Approximately 25% of Americans suffer from high blood pressure, which is defined as blood pressure readings consistently above 140/90. There is no cure for hypertension yet. This is why the results of this latest study are encouraging. 

Apple Peel Flavonoids Help Control Blood Pressure

In the Canadian study, scientists extracted flavonoids (antioxidants) from apple peel and tested it against endothelial cells, which are blood pressure regulating cells. They found the flavonoids in apple peel inhibited ACE, which stands for angiotensin converting enzyme.

ACE works with your endothelial cells to control your blood pressure. When ACE is inhibited, blood vessels relax and blood pressure decreases.

Of the flavonoids tested in the study, quercetin, which is found in apple peels, exhibited the most potent ACE inhibiting activity.

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