The old saying that ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ appears to have had more than a grain of truth in it all along.
Researchers at the University of Western Australia found that women who eat the equivalent of a small apple every day have a 35% reduced risk of dying prematurely.
The study tracked almost 1,500 women aged between 70 and 85 for 15 years and found that apples and other fruit was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
However, exactly how the benefits of these substances reduce the risk of early death, is still not fully understood.
Meanwhile researchers at The University of California, San Diego say that spacing meals – particularly overnight – could have a significant benefit in reducing the risk of some cancers re-occurring.
They report that their trial showed that fasting for 13 hours overnight reduced the chance of breast cancer returning by 36%.
Scientists say that the timing of meals was as important as what was contained in those meals.
Previous studies have shown that fasting for several days can help to ‘re-boot’ the immune system and protect against inflammation, one of the causes of cancer.
Source: The Telegraph