Consider how many times you’ve felt frustrated by conflicting advice about food, health, weight loss, supplements, and exercise. One day margarine is “good”, the next day it’s terrible. One day eggs are “bad”, the next day they’re “good’.
Medical and nutrition information seems to change as often as the celebrities on the cover of People magazine. So if there was one thing that virtually every expert actually agreed on, and continued to agree on on year in and year out, decade in and decade out, that would be a very big deal, right? And worth listening to, correct? Well, there is. One thing everyone agrees on, that is, EAT more vegetables. And while you’re at it, EAT some fruit. Vegetables and fruits provide fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals. They help control weight, diabetes, blood sugar, they help fight or prevent cancer. They contain multiple compounds that act as anti-inflammatories. They’re associated with significantly lower rates of cardiovascular disease, stroke and lower blood pressure. They contain compounds like carotenoids that support the eyes and protect against macular degeneration. And other compounds in vegetables and fruits may help prevent brain aging, dementia, and Alzheimers.
There is compelling evidence that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can lower the risk heart disease and stroke. The largest and longest study to date, done as as part of the Harvard-based Nurse’s Health Study, and Health Professionals Follow-up Study, included almost 110,000 men and women whose health and dietary habits were followed for fourteen years. The higher the average daily intake of fruits and vegetables, the lower the chances of developing cardiovascular disease.
Compared with those in the lowest category of fruit and vegetable intake (less than 1.5 servings a day).
Those who averaged eight or more servings a day were 30 percent less likely to have had a heart attack or stroke. Increasing fruit and vegetable intake by as little as one serving per day can have a real impact on heart disease risk.
In the two Harvard studies, for every extra serving of fruits and vegetables that participants added to their diets, their risk of heart disease dropped by 4 percent.
A terrific way to get a super potency multiple vitamin and mineral “supplement” every single day, it’s called: Juicing.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email me at [email protected] I would be happy to answer your health and nutritional questions.