Daily fresh fruit lowers heart death risk as much as statins – Telegraph

Citing latest research at Oxford University, the Telegraph reports that eating a piece of fruit each day significantly lowers the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, an effect size as large as taking a statin.

Source: Daily fresh fruit lowers heart death risk as much as statins

This is an important research result as statins can have significant side effects whilst fruit is natural, healthy and well tolerated.

I wonder if this research will stop doctors prescribing statins so readily? I understand that in the UK it’s common for doctors to prescribe the cheapest statins but they’re not necessarily the most appropriate.

In my experience people who take statins often then ignore their diet as they think they’re protected by statins.

Thoughts?

 

Can red yeast rice and olive extract improve lipid profile and cardiovascular risk in metabolic syndrome?: a double blind, placebo controlled randomized trial

White rice fermented with the mold Monascus pu...

White rice fermented with the mold Monascus purpureus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you’re interested in reducing your cholestrol level, especially bad cholestrol (LDL) and don’t want to take statins, this scientific study is worth a read.

Can red yeast rice and olive extract improve lipid profile and cardiovascular risk in metabolic syndrome?: a double blind, placebo controlled randomized trial

I’m taking in tablet form, red yeast rice (Monacolin K 10 mg) and Olive fruit extract (Hydroxytyrosol 10 mg). I intend to measure my LDL levels monthly to track improvement.

Thoughts?