Flavonoid-rich apples such as Western Australia's Pink Lady can provide greater health benefits than other varieties, according to joint research by The University of Western Australia and Department of Agriculture and Food.
Assistant Professor Michael Considine, a researcher with DAFWA and UWA's School of Plant Biology, has been working on ways to breed new, healthier apples in WA.
"Our initial research showed for the first time that apples can improve clinical indications of cardiovascular health, including blood pressure and its response to stress," Assistant Professor Considine said.
The research project involves researchers from UWA's School of Plant Biology and School of Medicine and Pharmacology as well as plant breeders and geneticists from the department's Australian National Apple Breeding Program based in Manjimup.
More details at DAFWA.