Oxford University scientists have discovered eating an apple-a-day really can keep the doctor away.

The original 1866 proverb states: Eat an apple on going to bed, and you'll keep the doctor from earning his bread.

But a study from Oxford University has shown than an apple-a-day really will keep the doctor away and is as effective as statins at preventing strokes and heart attacks.

Researchers have concluded that around 8,500 deaths could be prevented every year if over-50s who are not already taking statins ate one apple each day.

Joining us now with more on the research is Regional Medical Director for U.S. HealthWorks, Dr. Donald Bucklin.