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An Apple a Day? Fact!
The old saying is correct.

New research touts the “forbidden fruit” for anti-aging properties, building muscles and bones, and reducing heart disease!

Researchers from the University of Iowa discovered eating apples, peel and all, increases muscle strength. The peel contains ursolic acid, which in the study decreased muscle fat content thus increasing strength. In addition, the study revealed a 25 percent drop in cholesterol and triglercides from consuming ursolic acid in apples.

Other studies through the years have found apples to be quite a miracle fruit. The polyphenols found in the peels reversed the age-related deterioration, a flavanoid called phloridzin increased bone density in post-menopausal women and a Cornell University study found that rats who ate one apple per day reduced their risk of breast cancer by 17 percent and when three apples per day were eaten, the risk was reduced by 39 percent.

While all apples are good for you, the Red Delicious variety packs the biggest phytochemical punch. So it seems, grandmother was right…an apple a day could very well keep the doctor away.

Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information

A Shot of Good Health!

Did you know that you never outgrow the need for vaccines?

Vaccines aren't just for kids approximately 50,000 adults die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases!

  • Vaccine recommendations have changed
  • New vaccines were developed after you received your childhood ones
  • Immunity has worn off
  • You may have missed a childhood immunization

What shots do I need?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published an adult immunization schedulebased on age and chronic conditions. View the schedule to see your customized immunization needs.

Do you have questions about using vaccinations? Visit the CDC's "Frequently Asked Questions about Multiple Vaccinations and the Immune System". 

Throughout your adult life you need immunizations to get and maintain protection against:

  • Seasonal influenza (flu) – recommended annually for anyone ages 6 months or older
  • Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) – disease of the nervous system (one booster dose for adults until age 64, adults 65 years and older who will have close contact with infants and have not previously received the Tdap vaccine)
  • Shingles – painful blisters caused by the varicella zoster virus (one dose for adults 60 years and older
  • Pneumococcal disease – a bacteria that can cause pneumococcal pneumonia, bacteremia, meningitis and otitis media. (for adults 65 years and older and adults with specific health conditions)
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) - a virus spread through sexual contact that can increase the risk of developing cervical cancer (three doses for girls age 11 or 12, or women up to 26 years who did not complete the childhood series)

Other vaccinations you may need include those that protect against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, chickenpox (varicella), and measles, mumps and rubella. There is no reason to risk illness. Talk to your doctor today about which vaccinations he/she recommends for you.

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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