Fruit and vegetables 'are vital to heart health'

17 October 2011

Research has shown that keeping a healthy heart could stave off many problems such as cancer and cardiovascular illnesses.

HEART UK has released advice to encourage people to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables in order to maintain a healthy heart.

Linda Main, dietetic advisor at the organisation, said: "A diet rich in fruit and vegetables leads to an increased intake of some vitamins and minerals, plant fibre,<<< del comma and complex plant nutrients called polyphenols which act in a number of ways [to maintain cardiovascular health]."

She added that polyphenols are a diverse range of compounds found in plant foods which include phenolic acids, ligands, stilbenes and flavonoids, and that these structurally diverse compounds show a range of activities that may help explain the cardiovascular protective properties of consuming diets high in fruit and vegetables."

HEART UK aims to raise awareness of the benefits of a healthy diet and how increased consumption of high - fibre foods can have significant benefits to the vital organs.

According to a study published in the Plos Medicine journal, the risk of myocardial infarction and cardiovascular disease appears to be modified by a diet high in raw vegetables and fruits.

Posted by Edward Bartel

Hooper l, et al., "Flavonoids, flavonoid rich foods and cardiovascular risk: A meta analysis of randomised controlled trials", Plos Medicine Journal, October 11th 2011.


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