Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Spinach and Olive Oil Help Women Lower Heart Disease Risk

Spinach and Olive Oil Help Women Lower Heart Disease Risk
News by Diet Blog (1 Day Ago) in Health / Dieting

Olive oil and leafy green vegetables, like cooked spinach and salad greens, may help women lower their risk of heart disease, claims a new study.
Green vegetables and olive oil are both rich in antioxidants, which have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and even cancer.
The new study says a salad with a little olive oil-based salad dressing
may be enough to cut heart risks.
In 2004, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated 17.1 million people died from cardiovascular disease worldwide. By 2030, the WHO projects that number will jump to 23.6 million people.
Writing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, scientists found women consuming at least one serving of leafy vegetables, and three tablespoons of olive oil per day, reduced the risk of heart disease by over 40%.
Experts reviewed dietary data on 30,000 women (average age 50) taking part in a national health study, and followed the participants for 8 years, noting how many women developed cardiovascular disease.
Data showed 144 women had heart problems, such as heart attacks. But women eating foods like lettuce and spinach had a 46% lower risk of heart disease, and 44% reduced risk for women consuming one ounce of olive oil each day.
Researchers believe the antioxidants in both olive oil and green vegetables are the reason for the reduced risk.
In addition to regular exercise and not smoking, the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends cutting saturated fats and eating more fresh fruits and vegetables to lower your likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease.


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