by Dr. Mark Stengler
August 30, 2012An apple a day might not always keep the doctor away. But two apples might do the trick — especially for older women.

In a new study, postmenopausal women who ate 2.6 ounces of dried apples a day — the equivalent of two medium fresh apples — saw dramatic improvements in cholesterol levels.

At three months, their levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol fell by 16 percent and their total cholesterol dropped by 9 percent. At six months, those LDL levels fell by 24 percent, and total cholesterol by 13 percent.

They also saw a 4 percent boost in HDL (“good”) cholesterol. That may not sound very big, but raising HDL levels even a little bit is often a big challenge for many people.

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