We have all been told to “eat your greens”, and we know inherently that this is true and important, while science keeps on proving it, over and over again.
“There have been a great many findings demonstrating a role for nitrate in reducing blood pressure and regulating the body's metabolism. These studies represent three further ways in which simple changes in the diet can modify people’s risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity as well as potentially alleviating symptoms of existing cardiovascular conditions to achieve an overall healthier life”
Dr. Andrew Murray from the University of Cambridge, UK, December 2014.
Dr. Andrew Murray (as published in The FASEB Journal, December 2014), found that “eating more nitrate-rich vegetables thins the blood and has powerful beneficial effects on the number of red blood cells in the body”. Here we show that nitrate from the diet can help regulate the delivery of oxygen to cells and tissues and its use, matching oxygen supply and demand. This ensures cells and tissues in the body have enough oxygen to function without needing to overproduce red blood cells, which can make the blood too thick and compromise health. Lowering the blood’s thickness without compromising oxygen delivery may also help prevent blood clots, reducing the risk of a stroke or heart attack”
The second study, as published in The Journal of Physiology, 2014, found “those eating more green vegetables were better protected against an array of heart and circulatory conditions… Nitrate supplementation may thus be of benefit to individuals with diseases such as heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or in the critically ill”
The final study by Lee Roberts from the University of Cambridge, UK, as published in the journal Diabetes, 2014, found that “nitrate subjects the unhealthy white fat cells to a browning process which converts them into healthy beige cells”.
The takeout message here is to never underestimate the power of eating your greens and in adding more leafy green vegetables to your daily diet.
Parts of this research were initially reported by Honor Whiteman in medicalnewstoday.com on 7 December 2014.