An apple a day ... keeps the pharmacy away

According to a new study, daily apple consumption leads to a major reduction in drug prescriptions

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away… cites a well-known proverb. And popular wisdom really came very close to us because if, however, we continue to go to the doctor even for particular prescriptions, a study confirms that instead if one tastes the fruit once a day the pharmacist is sure he will get out of the way.

In practice, given that there is no scientific evidence on the link between the consumption of apples and the use of doctors, those who eat them in any case seem that ask for fewer prescriptions of medicines.

This is supported by an authoritative study by University of Michigan School of Nursing, published online in the magazine Jama Internal Medicine, according to which, instead of reducing visits to their doctor, as the famous proverb suggests, daily consumption of apples leads to a significant reduction in drug prescriptions.

The experiment - The researchers examined the data of 8.399 people, already recruited in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, comparing apple consumers and non-consumers, who were the majority (7.646 or 91% of the total).

Those who ate at least one small apple every day had a higher education and smoked less, but there was no statistically significant difference in terms of medical visits and hospital admissions compared to the group of non-apple eaters. Rather, apple lovers apparently resorted to prescription medications less.

"Our findings suggest that promoting apple consumption may have a very limited effect in reducing national health spending," conclude researchers, for whom "an apple a day keeps the pharmacist away" is a claim now scientifically verified.

The fact is, pharmacist or not, that apples, which can really be consumed by everyone, give a lot of positive effects to our body: they are rich in mineral salts, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium. There are also vitamins, in particular vitamin A and vitamin C, and anti-anemic and diuretic properties.

Text and photos (Trentino apple orchard): Germana Carillo

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