You know fruit is good for you! One study after another prove the benefits of fresh produce.
Your entire body loves veggies and fruits so much that you can literally prevent heart attack with food! You can drastically lower your risk of diabetes, cancer, obesity, neurodegenerative disease, mood disorders, gastrointestinal conditions, and so much more with foods you can find at your local market that are inexpensive, readily available, and easy to prepare.
Food is the absolute first line of defense when it comes to fueling your body, protecting your body, and fighting disease, infections, and other foreign invaders.
Every day, cells are replaced in and on your body. From your skin to your blood to your critical internal organs. Your body utilizes what you eat to create these cells so you truly become what you eat (it’s not just a trite saying)!Food is the first line of defense when it comes to protecting your body and fighting disease!Click To Tweet
More Science to Prove the Proven!
The New England Journal of Medicine published the findings from a joint study between the University of Oxford and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. It confirms (yet again) the power of fresh food. The research spanned more than seven years and included half a million Chinese adults who had no history of heart disease before beginning the study.
China has statistically lower fruit consumption than the United States or the United Kingdom. However, when they do eat fruit, it is typically raw and unprocessed. The participants ranged from rural and urban areas all over the country and included a review of their hospital records and causes of death.
A bit more than one cup of fresh fruit (usually apples or bananas) each day dropped cardiovascular risk (in both men and women) by one-third!
Professor Zhengming Chen, senior author with the University of Oxford, explained, “Widespread consumption of fresh fruit in China could prevent about half a million cardiovascular deaths a year, including 200,000 before age 70, and even larger numbers of non-fatal strokes and heart attacks.”
Naturally, this isn’t the first health study to link fruit (and veggies) to a healthier heart but I want to make sure you’re seeing it and more importantly…incorporating it into your daily eating plan.Adding one cup of fresh fruit per day can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease by one-third.Click To Tweet
Prevent Heart Attacks with Food!
Fruits are outstanding for your entire body. Simply adding one cup per day of fresh, raw fruit (not even hard to find choices like pomegranates or starfruit) such as apples, oranges, or berries can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease by as much as one-third.
There are other excellent foods to prevent heart attack (it isn’t just fruit) so let’s talk about those.
I like to stress the importance of organic whenever possible. Organic fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products possess much higher nutritional value, antioxidant protection, and less of the chemical toxins found in commercially grown foods.
However, I know some areas struggle for organic selections and in more rural areas, produce marked “organic” is substantially higher than you’ll find in urban stores.
For those of you with access to a farmer’s market – take advantage of it! That food is locally grown so you’re helping a farmer in your area keep doing what he’s doing and providing your body with allergen antibodies you won’t find anywhere else.
I do my best to buy organic eggs, dairy, and meat to avoid the toxins and antibiotics. Organic fruits and vegetables depend on the season so I’ll choose frozen organic when the prices are out of control or availability is lower.
Frozen produce (no additives) contains the same nutritional content so it works in a pinch. I actually prefer frozen fruit for my shakes as “ice” to get it really cold without dilution and I can get “fragile” fruits like mangos that aren’t always available (or appetizing) at the store.
You might have noticed I’ve been talking a lot about heart disease lately. That’s because I realize I’m a prime candidate. I’m “this side” of menopause (but not by a lot), I spent years taking hormonal birth control to regulate menstruation, I spent much of my adult life obese, and I’ve already had issues with severe blood clots.
While my issues might not be yours, I’m sure we share a couple of these points. If you haven’t read my free report on the startling statistics about women and heart disease, you need to do that right now. Download and share the life-saving information with your friends and loved ones.
In the last year, I’ve been working to transition to a heart healthy diet specifically meant to lower my personal risk. You don’t hear a lot about women and heart disease. You might think I’m being a bit paranoid…but I’m not.
The reason you don’t hear about women dying of heart disease (despite it being the #1 killer of women worldwide – many times more than all cancer combined) is because our first heart event can be our last. That’s the brutal truth. Women are more likely to die from a first heart attack or stroke because we sometimes don’t even realize what’s happening.Your body loves veggies and fruits so much you can literally prevent heart attack with food! Click To Tweet
Alex’s Favorite Heart Attack Prevention Foods
- Wine (a single glass of red every day)
- Dark chocolate (one ounce of 70% cacao or higher every day)
- Citrus fruits (oranges are most common but all of them are excellent)
- Lemon water (for hydration and so much more)
- Green tea (lightly sweetened because you need this in your life)
- Coffee (I cannot live without it so thankfully, it’s healthy)
- Kale, broccoli, or spinach (often in my shakes)
- Eggs (don’t believe the hype on these perfect proteins)
- Garlic, avocados, and tomatoes (heart healthy disease fighters)
- Fatty fish (especially sardines – eat them with pita chips for a big dose of omega-3)
- Grass-fed butter, coconut oil, and olive oil (you need those healthy fats)
- Nuts and seeds (almonds and flaxseeds are my main choice)
- Berries (any of them and choose frozen if cost is an issue!)
- Pomegranate juice (6 ounces per day – sometimes in my shake)
These are the things I keep in stock. I eat most of them daily and if I know I’ll have issues doing meal prep, I try to get as many as I can in my morning shake.
It’s important to me personally (and to you) that heart healthy foods and lifestyle choices go viral in every possible way to let women know that heart disease (not breast cancer as so many women believe) is what we need to protect ourselves against. The great news is that by making your heart health a real priority, it benefits your entire body!
What you eat matters…choose foods to prevent heart attack!