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Scientists have discovered that consuming apples acutely increases nitric oxide (NO) status, an important molecule for cardiovascular and cognitive health through its affect on blood flow and blood vessel function. UWA School of Medicine and Pharmacology expert Dr Catherine Bondonno was interested in testing whether flavonoid-rich apples and nitrate-rich spinach would increase markers of nitric oxide in the body, thereby leading to an improvement in cognitive function and mood. "An imbalance of NO [nitric oxide] has been found in cardiovascular disorders and certain pathological conditions in the brain, [and] it appears cardiovascular disease or the presence of risk factors for cardiovascular disease contribute to cognitive decline," she says. "A diet high in fruit and vegetables is associated with improved cardiovascular and cognitive health. Flavonoids and nitrate, two components of a fruit and vegetable diet, are currently generating interest as research shows they could improve health by increasing NO in the body."  The BRAVO™ apple is undergoing evaluation for its flavoniod value with encouraging early signs. In screening of seven commercial apple varieties Cripps Pink was found to have the highest flavonoid levels with the BRAVO™ apple (ANABP 01 variety) exhibiting  equivalent high levels. More information on the health benefits of apples is available on the Department of Agriculture and Food website
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Scientists have discovered that consuming apples acutely increases nitric oxide (NO) status, an important molecule for cardiovascular and cognitive health through its affect on blood flow and blood vessel function. UWA School of Medicine and Pharmacology expert Dr Catherine Bondonno was interested in testing whether flavonoid-rich apples and nitrate-rich spinach would increase markers of nitric oxide in the body, thereby leading to an improvement in cognitive function and mood. "An imbalance of NO [nitric oxide] has been found in cardiovascular disorders and certain pathological conditions in the brain, [and] it appears cardiovascular disease or the presence of risk factors for cardiovascular disease contribute to cognitive decline," she says. "A diet high in fruit and vegetables is associated with improved cardiovascular and cognitive health. Flavonoids and nitrate, two components of a fruit and vegetable diet, are currently generating interest as research shows they could improve health by increasing NO in the body."  The BRAVO™ apple is undergoing evaluation for its flavoniod value with encouraging early signs. In screening of seven commercial apple varieties Cripps Pink was found to have the highest flavonoid levels with the BRAVO™ apple (ANABP 01 variety) exhibiting  equivalent high levels. More information on the health benefits of apples is available on the Department of Agriculture and Food  website