Your doctor is a little concerned. He wants to cut your risk of heart disease — let’s say through lowering your cholesterol.
So he writes a prescription for a statin drug. Sure, it might lower your cholesterol — but at what cost?
Why go for the dangerous drugs when there’s a MUCH safer and MUCH easier way to lower your risk of heart disease. And I’m not just talking about a small reduction in risk, either.
People who followed this method for a study published in the European Heart Journal had a whopping 22 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease than those who didn’t.
It might take a little adjustment to your daily routine, but if you ask me a 22 percent reduction in your risk of dying from heart disease is well worth it.
And did I mention this method is, well, pretty tasty?
I know, you just want to know what it is already. Well, this simple, cheap, and effective way of lowering your risk of heart disease is simply…
Eating eight portions of fruit and vegetables a day. That’s right. No tricks, no supplements — just delicious food. (And by the way, a portion is 80 g — think a small banana or a medium-sized apple.) The 22 percent risk reduction was as compared to people who ate only three portions a day.
Yes, it really is that easy — a few extra servings of fruits and vegetables a day and you’ll be dramatically cutting heart disease risk. And just think of all the other benefits in those foods — the vitamins, the fiber — it really is a no-brainer.
For the study, 313,074 men and women were followed for over eight years. The research team isn’t exactly sure what it is about eating eight portions of fruits and vegetables per day that offers so much heart protection. It may have something to do with antioxidants — scientists think they may reduce atherosclerosis caused by oxidative damage. They do say that antioxidant supplements don’t seem to have the same effect as increasing fruit and vegetable intake because there are other heart-healthy components in fruits and vegetables.
Only 18 percent of the participants in the study ate enough produce to get the major reduction in heart disease risk. So, are you up to it? Are you ready to join that 18 percent?
Ms. O’Brien has written for Nutrition & Healing, Healthier Talk and a variety of other natural and alternative health outlets. She believes in the power of natural medicine and her goal is to open people’s eyes to the benefits of alternative and integrative medicine.
Christine is passionate about helping people help themselves without having to turn to harsh drugs or invasive surgeries.
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