Fruits, vegetables, dietary supplements and their relationship to heart disease

Fruits, vegetables, dietary supplements and their relationship to vascular health

Numerous studies have shown that people whose diets consist of the greatest quantity of fruits and vegetables have the lowest incidence of heart attacks and strokes. In fact, many earlier studies reporting significant benefits from high intakes of vitamin C or beta-carotene concentrated on people who maintained diets high in a variety of fruits and vegetables. Researchers just assumed that because fruits and vegetables were high in beta-carotene or vitamin C, these particular vitamins were responsible for the beneficial health effects that study participants were enjoying. Now we know that these same fruits and vegetables contain over 10,000 complex chemicals, many of which are very powerful and versatile antioxidants against numerous types of free radicals.

There is growing evidence that it is the combined effects of these complex nutrients--not single nutrients--that provide us with such remarkable health benefits.

Health and Nutrition Secrets (that could save your life), Dr Russell L. Blaylock, MD

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