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Two Apples A Day Keeps The Grim Reaper Away, German Doctor Says

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Hamburg (dpa) - A German medical expert on aging has come up with a new variation on the old adage about an "apple a day" - saying that two apples a day can help prolong life, the Hamburg daily Abendblatt reported Wednesday.

The paper reported on the first academic chair for anti-aging set up in Germany, at the Hamburg University clinic, with Professor Christoph Bamberg giving tips on how people can remain healthy as they grow older.

Among the tips ranging from regular exercise to curbing tobacco and alcohol consumption, the professor also praised the value of vitamins from fruits and vegetables - and asserted that two apples a day are effective in prolonging life.

"The antioxidants destroy substances which endanger the cells," the 38-year-old professor said, while pointing out that there were still some vitamins in fruits which had not yet been closely researched.

Copyright 2003 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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