You might find them hard to stomach but Brussels sprouts could do wonders for your heart.
We all know that vegetables are good for us, but broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage have just shot to the top of the list.
Researchers at Edith Cowan University and The University of Western Australia have found that eating them every day could cut your risk of blood vessel disease by up to 46 per cent.
Edith Cowan University’s Dr Lauren Blekkenhorst said the study involved an analysis of the diets of 684 older women who ate 45 grams of the vegetables every day.
Previous studies had found that people who consumed more of these vegetables reduced their risk of heart attack and stroke, but researchers weren’t sure why.
“We have now found that older women consuming higher amounts of cruciferous vegetables every day have lower odds of having extensive calcification on their aorta,” Dr Blekkenhorst said.
“One particular constituent found abundantly in cruciferous vegetables is vitamin K which may be involved in inhibiting the calcification process that occurs in our blood vessels,” she said.
Blood vessel disease caused by the build-up of calcium deposits can reduce circulation and increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.
(The information in this article should not be considered medical advice. Please see your medical professional for information tailored to your personal circumstances.)
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