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  1. Could an apple a day drive LDL cholesterol down?

    One fruit slashes your LDL cholesterol fast

    Next time you head to the store to pick up your cholesterol meds you might want to reach for some apples too.

    It turns out that an apple a day could be the key to keeping the statins at bay.

    According to research, apples are a natural cholesterol regulator fighting LDL cholesterol levels. And we're not talking a small reduction here. Heck, I wouldn't even call it a modest one. One study finds an apple habit could slash your LDL cholesterol levels by a stunning 40 percent in just 30 days!

    Given the choice between a juicy delicious apple or a heavy duty statin whose side effects could include kidney damage, liver damage, and serious muscle pain I sure know which one I would choose, but what about you?

    I'd call that the very definition of a no-brainer.

    And, as if a 40 percent drop in LDL cholesterol wasn't impressive enough, this super fruit has even more to offer. Statins are linked with diabetes, but people who indulge in apples have a lower risk of the disease.

    Just be sure your heading to the produce aisle and not the supplement aisle... this time it's the whole food that's going to give you the most benefits.

    Volunteers who received the polyphenols from apples in the form of a supplement didn't see quite as dramatic results. Although their LDL cholesterol levels did dip they couldn't compete with the apple-eaters results.

    If you choose dried instead of fresh apples you can expect to see your cholesterol levels drop too. But according to another study the reduction is likely to be a bit slower and bit less impressive... around 24 percent in half a year.

    To get all the juicy details on that study click here to read the free report in my House Calls archives.

    Oh, and don't forget, when it comes to apples, organic is really the only way to go. Conventional apples are swimming in pesticides.

  2. Apples can slash LDL cholesterol

    Thirty days to better cholesterol

    You don't need to swallow a single pill to lower your cholesterol levels -- but you might have to watch for seeds.

    Apples are nature's own cure for high cholesterol, with new research showing that eating one every day can cut LDL levels by up to 40 percent in a single month.

    In other words... an apple a day really might keep the doctor away, not to mention the cardiologist and even the pharmacist.

    But wait, because this gets sweeter. Ever hear of someone suffering from serious muscle pain after biting into an apple? Know anyone who suffers from apple-induced kidney or liver damage?

    Me neither -- but those are some of the real risks of cholesterol drugs. Apples, on the other hand, come with virtually no risks at all. And while statins can cause diabetes, people who eat apples actually have a lower risk of the disease.

    Just make sure you don't take any shortcuts here and stick to real, fresh apples. In the new study, one set of patients was given the polyphenols found in apples, but in supplement form -- and while they also saw a dip in LDL levels, it was nothing like the 40 percent plunge enjoyed by the apple-eaters.

    It's not the first time apples have been shown to lower cholesterol levels -- there's a whole orchard of research on this, including a recent study that found that a daily serving of dried apples cut LDL levels by 24 percent over six months.

    The only caution here is that conventional apples contain more pesticides than just about anything else in the produce aisle, even after they've been washed and peeled. As a result, they've topped the Environmental Working Group's list of "Dirty Dozen" fruits and vegetables for two years running now.

    I know organics cost more... but here's a case where you can see what that extra money buys you, and I say it's worth every penny.

  3. Urgent action against genetically modified corn

    Nations around the world are taking action against GM corn after a study found a link to cancer -- but the United States is doing nothing.

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