Which Is Better, Apples Or Statins Or Both?

Which are more healthful? Apples or Statins ?

A recent article in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) states.

If I had to choose between apples or statins then I know what I'd choose!

 

"Prescribing an apple a day to all adults aged 50 and over would prevent or delay around 8,500 vascular deaths such as heart attacks and strokes every year in the UK".

A statin is a medicine that lowers blood cholesterol levels by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase.

The researchers concluded that the 150 year old public health message:

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away",

is able to match more widespread use of modern medicine, and is likely to have less side effects.

The research recommends however that people who are already prescribed statins should continue taking them, but says that eating more apples would also be an excellent idea.

The Research

Using mathematical models a team of researchers at the University of Oxford set out to test how a 150 year old proverb might compare with the more widespread use of statins in the UK population.

They analyzed the effect on the most common causes of vascular mortality of prescribing either a statin a day to those not already taking one or an apple a day to everyone aged over 50 years in the UK.

The researchers assumed a 70% compliance rate and that overall calorie intake remained constant.

The Pros And Cons Of Statins

It’s estimated that 5.2 million people are currently eligible for statin treatment in the UK and that 17.6 million people who are not currently taking statins would be offered them if they became recommended as a primary prevention measure for everyone over 50.

They calculate that offering a daily statin to 17.6 million more adults would reduce the annual number of vascular deaths by 9,400, while offering a daily apple to 70% of the total UK population aged over 50 years (22 million people) would avert 8,500 vascular deaths.

However, the side-effects from statins mean that prescribing statins to everyone over the age of 50 is predicted to lead to over a thousand extra cases of muscle disease (myopathy) and over ten thousand extra diagnoses of diabetes.

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Lemon Juice Has Many Benefits But Know The Dangers

Does Lemon Juice Erode Tooth Enamel?

Lemon Juice It's Many Benefits And Cautions

 

Before going into the very many benefits of lemon juice, let’s first look at the possible damage that it can, or won’t do to your teeth.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), bacteria start attacking teeth within twenty minutes of eating or drinking, after which time the assault begins on the tooth enamel.

The starch from sugary drinks forms a sticky bond on teeth, which keeps acids on the tooth surface much longer, so try to avoid them.

Occasionally drinking a full glass of water with a squeeze of lemon in it is highly unlikely to cause any serious damage to tooth enamel. But doing so regularly without rinsing or brushing off the citric acid can eat at the enamel if it’s done long term and if precautions aren’t taken.

Precautions?

So the simple answer is, brush, or simply rinse your teeth within twenty minutes of drinking a glass of lemon juice.

Citrus seeds are not good for you. They’re not a really serious thing but just strain them off when you pour the juice.

Sugars and all honeys with the exception of Manuka honey, will reduce the effectiveness of lemons.

And Now For Some Major Benefits

1. (a) Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds. (b) They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. And potassium also helps control blood pressure. (c) The ascorbic acid (vitamin C) found in lemons has anti-inflammatory effects, and is often used as a complementary support for asthma and other respiratory symptoms. (d) It also aids iron absorption in the body and iron plays an important role in the body’s immune function.

2. Lemon juice is a diuretic and helps flush out unwanted toxins from the body, and will likely prevent either extremes of constipation or diarrhea

3. Lemons are an antiseptic and have a powerful cleansing effect on the liver, kidneys, and blood.

4. Especially first thing in the morning, lemon juice will help relieve, and may even prevent digestive problems like bloating, intestinal gas and heartburn.

5. This might surprise you, but lemon juice will quickly stop heartburn because it balances pH Levels. Of course lemons are acidic, but inside our bodies they become alkaline, and the citric acid doesn’t create acidity in the body once it’s been metabolized.

How To Mix The Water And Juice

Just squeeze half a lemon into water and drink it down.

If you can, then use filtered water, and it should be just lukewarm and not scalding hot.

Avoid ice cold water, since that might be too much for your body to process, because it takes more energy to process ice cold water than warm.

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