Gotta love aphorisms like, “An apple a day keeps the Doctor away.” Reach for some other red ones too, as research shows that incorporating tomatoes and cranberries keep the doctor away, too. By adding these three red, round (think of your heart) fruits into your daily diet, you can reduce your risk of heart disease by as much as 40 percent. TRUTH! A diet can have a tremendous impact on our heart health — and should be the first line of defense when treating high cholesterol or high blood pressure, two of the biggest risk factors for heart disease which effects 1 out of every 3 Americans!
An apple a day can reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) by as much as 40 percent, according to a new, small Ohio State University study. Want more proof?An Iowa Women’s Health Study, which tracked more than 34,000 postmenopausal women for 18 years, found a link between apple eating and a lowered risk of dying from heart disease. There’s GREAT reason to pick-up a bucket of apples at your local farmers market or supermarket. Opt of the ORGANIC variety, as you don’t want to eat good food then add pesticides and herbicides into your system. Also note, eating the fruit rather than drink juice packs on the health benefits!! The peels house the most fiber and antioxidants.
Drinking 3 cups of cranberry juice daily can raise HDL (good) cholesterol levels by 10 percent and reduce heart disease by 40 percent, a study at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania showed. Plus, this juice decreased diet-caused atherosclerosis (clogging of the arteries) by preventing plaque from forming. If you can’t quite stomach three glasses of cranberry juice a day, one or two have benefits, too, or opt for cranberry supplements found at your local health food store. I buy mine from a health food store online to save time and money.
A new study by Tufts University scientists in Boston showed that eating lycopene-rich foods such as tomatoes more than five times a week over an 11-year period reduced coronary disease risk by 26 percent. Lycopene is an antioxidant compound that gives tomatoes and certain other fruits and vegetables their color. It’s best to eat tomatoes cooked, though. “The heating process allows lycopene to be better absorbed,” says Gerard E. Mullin, M.D., of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. I love adding them into recipes at the very end of the cooking process to ignite the power and absorbability of lycopene, while keeping their flavor intact.
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