According to the scientists at the Glasgow University, English cider apples have high levels of phenolics - antioxidants that offer protection against stroke, heart disease and cancer.
Thus, a pint of cider is as effective as an apple in keeping the doctor away!
The scientists plan to test cider's effects by getting 12 volunteers to drink a pint a day . The volunteers will drink 500ml of cider in a controlled environment and avoid antioxidants in their diet. This will help the researchers to measure the quantity of phenolics absorbed in the body.
Serena Marks, of the University of Glasgow, said: "Apples are high in phenolics and cider apples have higher phenolic content than dessert apples." "This could mean a glass of cider is not only enjoyable but a great way for people to naturally increase the amount of phenolics in their diet" she said.
Brews made from 19 different types of English cider apples will be included in her study.