Leafy green vegetables reduce risk of heart disease, says science
Factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, poor diet, lack of exercise, genetics, age, and high cholesterol all contribute to a greater risk of heart disease.
Research has shown that of the main risk factors for heart disease is related to nutrition and eating habits.
So how can you eat in a way that helps you care for the health of your heart? While there are many healthy heart foods, a good place to start is getting enough fruits and vegetables in your daily diet.
You can't go wrong with eating any type of fruit or vegetable when it comes to your heart health, but according to a meta-analysis published in JRSM Cardiovascular Disease, one of the best vegetables for your heart are leafy greens like kale or spinach.
The goal of this analysis was to take relevant studies from across the globe to determine whether or not leafy green and cruciferous veggies could help in the reduction of cardiovascular diseases.
According to the analysis, many people all over the world are harming their health by not getting enough green vegetables on a regular basis.
These veggies come packed with fiber, antioxidants, and potassium. Spinach is specifically high in vitamin A, K, C, iron, and folate, and kale is high in vitamin B, C, and calcium.
Research has concluded time and time again that leafy greens are beneficial to many areas of your health, and this recent analysis confirmed that its benefits are good for your heart, too.
To learn more about its heart health benefits, the researchers looked at 13 separate studies that investigated the relationship between leafy greens and various cardiovascular events such as incidents of stroke, cerebrovascular heart disease, and coronary heart disease.
What they found was that consuming more leafy greens on a regular basis can reduce your risk of these cardiovascular events by almost 16%.
This research also concluded that while leafy green vegetables are good for your heart, you can get the most from their nutritional value when you steam them.