Fruits And Vegetables Could Significantly Lower Your Risk of Heart Attack
Eating up to seven servings daily of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables has been linked in a new study with a 20% lower risk for women of suffering from a heart attack.
The study included 32,561 women between the ages of 49 and 83. The researchers followed the women from September 1997 to December 2007.
The participants completed a food frequency questionnaire at the end of every year. This was used to determine the antioxidant capacity of each participant’s diet.
The researchers determined that women in the lowest antioxidant category (2.4 servings of fruits and vegetables per day) were 20% more like to suffer from a heart attack than those in the highest category (up to 7 servings daily).
The study was conducted at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. It was published in the October 2012 issue of The American Journal of Medicine.
The antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables have been linked with healthier looking skin, heart health benefits and healthier levels of cholesterol. This is often attributed to the anti-inflammatory properties of antioxidants and their ability to fight free radicals in the body.
Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet can be as simple as grabbing an apple as a snack or designating one day a week your vegetarian day. All it takes is being a little conscious about making sure you have a fruit or vegetable at every meal.