A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar which can help keep appetite in check. Nothing is better than homegrown fruits and vegetables. Find your local location and head there every week. A new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, Dr Dagfinn Aune, lead author of the research shows decreased risk of premature death in individuals who consume 10 servings of vegetables and fruit each day! This number falls within the 5-13 serving range that is generally recommended. The research found that the minimum of 5 servings did reduce disease risk, but the greatest benefit came from 10 servings, or about 800g of fruit and vegetables (one serving is 80g). An estimated 7.8 million premature deaths can be prevented with this level of vegetable consumption. It is clear from this work that a high intake of fruit and vegetables hold tremendous health benefits.
Effects of Vegetable and Fruit Intake
A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar which can help keep appetite in check. The research from Imperial College London consisted of a meta-analysis of 95 previous studies on the effects of vegetable and fruit intake. The researchers sought all available information worldwide which included over 2 million participants. The study also analyzed which particular foods were most beneficial for certain conditions. High fiber fruits and veggies such as leafy and calciferous vegetables, apples, pears, and chicory root were found to help prevent cardiovascular disease, heart attack, and stroke. Colorful high antioxidant fruit and veggies such as bell peppers, carrots, beets, and dark leafy greens were found to reduce cancer risk.
Vitamins and Supplements to Increase Your Nutritional Potential
Eating 10 servings of vegetables in every single day is costly and time consuming. That’s why a high quality supplement is such a valuable ally in the journey towards optimal health. When the food on the plate falls short and doesn’t include essential nutrients like calcium, potassium, vitamin D and vitamin B12, some of the nutrients many Americans don’t get enough of, a supplement can help take up the nutritional slack. Vitamin and supplements can help prevent deficiencies that can contribute to chronic conditions.
Numerous studies have shown the health benefits and effectiveness of supplementing missing nutrients in the diet. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) study found increased bone density and reduced fractures in postmenopausal women who took calcium and vitamin D. Some of the supplement formulas includes added probiotics, enzymes, fiber, algae, and an herbal blend to aid in digestion, detoxification, and satiety.
Never completely replace your fresh fruit and vegetable consumption with supplements, It is always better to get your nutrients from food, however 10 servings a day is hard to accomplish so the vitamins and supplements are a great help.
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