Hitting the target of five servings of fruits and vegetables a day is certainly better than coming up short, but striving for even more servings could result in greater benefits. New research has indicated that even adding one additional serving of fruits or vegetables per day could result in a significant reduction in the risk of heart disease.
A recent study conducted by researchers across eight countries in Europe, consisting of about 300,000 people, has shed some light on just how important fruits and vegetables are to your diet. Researchers were able to conclude from information gathered that each additional serving of fruits and vegetables could reduce the risk of dying from heart disease by nearly five percent. Subjects in the study who consumed 8 servings of fruits and veggies had more than a 20% reduced risk of heart disease compared to those who only consumed three servings.
Of course, there is more to improving heart health than simply consuming additional servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Your health care provider will be able to prescribe specific types of exercise to help you manage weight, improve cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Depending upon your individual situation your health care professional may also suggest specific nutritional supplements or prescription medications for improving cardiovascular health as well.