What’s best in the veggie world for preventing heart disease?

Variety of green vegetables

Eat yourself well with loads of vegetables.

The more vegetables you eat, the lower your risk of heart disease. It's honestly that simple. However many of us will not see beyond meat and two veg on our plates, with meat and potatoes being the biggest part.

No - this will not prevent heart disease. Potatoes are on the 'suspect' list anyway, with the high carb content and the association with deep fat frying. Watch out how you prepare them and only buy organic. 

By contrast. leafy greens have high amounts of nitrates that naturally boost your nitric oxide level. Cruciferous veggies, on the other hand, lower your risk of stroke and heart attack by promoting more supple neck arteries and preventing the buildup of arterial plaque. (Cruciferous veggies include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, turnip, rocket). A BIG warning comes with cruciferous vegetables - they must be lightly steamed to remove the goitrogenic effect - put simply - thyroid problems follow if you don't.

Steaming vegetables and not drinking raw vegetables (think Nutri-bullet) will help avoid the thyroid side effects. If you have cold hands and feet, are inclined to pile weight on your hips and thighs, wake up feeling sluggish, it could be the side effect of drinking raw vegetables rather than lightly steaming them first. Be careful.

Other big plus factors to eating loads of veggies is the anti cancer effect. That's a big incentive surely.

They might also be able to balance oestrogen levels. This is down to the presence of indole-3-carbinol, a compound that is found in cruciferous vegetables that helps regulate estrogen activity and metabolism.

Dr Axe has some really good advice on his web site about this and also some excellent lists of 'dos' and don'ts'. Better still come and see me and have a Hair Mineral Analysis that will show you if you have a slow or fast metabolic rate.

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