Heart disease risk lowered by 40% by daily fruit intake

Fresh fruit is an essential and very healthy part of your daily diet.

“Our data clearly shows that eating fresh fruit can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, including ischaemic heart disease (IHD) and stroke. And not only that, the more fruit you eat the more your CVD risk goes down. It does suggest that eating more fruit is beneficial compared to less or no fruit”
Huaidong Du, Oxford University, September 2014.

“Patients with CVD and hypertension should also be encouraged to consume more fresh fruit”
Professor Zhengmeng Chen, Oxford University, September 2014.

The basic findings:

  • Compared to eating no fruit at all, eating fruit daily cut the risk of dying from stroke by about 40%
  • Compared with eating no fruit, daily fruit consumption cut the overall risk of death for those with CVD or high blood pressure by 32%
  • Compared to eating no fruit at all, eating fruit daily cut the risk of dying from ischaemic heart disease by 27%
  • Blood pressure readings were up to 4.1 millimetres of mercury lower for those eating daily fruits
  • Eating fruit had a significant lowering impact on blood pressure levels
  • Interestingly, a dose response was seen
  • The more fruit eaten, the less heart disease rates

Study on almost 500,000 people over seven years, by scientists at Oxford University, as presented at the European Society of Cardiology’s annual meeting in Barcelona, Spain, 2014.

Posted: Saturday 6 September 2014

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