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Go Red to Fight Heart Disease

Posted Feb 09 2014 10:07pm

 A number of previous studies have demonstrated that increased consumption of foods rich in polyphenols – a potent antioxidant compound, help to lower the risks of cardiovascular disease.  A. Tresserra-Rimbau, from the University of Barcelona (Spain), and colleagues analyzed data collected on 7,172 men and women, ages 55 to 80 years, enrolled in the PREDIMED (PREvencion con DIeta MEDiterranea) study.  Subjects self-reported daily dietary intakes and were followed for 4.3 years.  The team found that those participants with the highest average intake of flavanois – including proanthocyanidins, catechins, and theaflavins, were at 60% reduced risk of developing cardiovascular disease.  Further, those subjects consuming the most lignans in their diets were at a 48% reduced risk.  The study authors submit that: “Greater intake of polyphenols, especially from lignans, flavanols, and hydroxybenzoic acids, was associated with decreased [cardiovascular disease] risk.”

Tresserra-Rimbau A, E.B. Rimm, A. Medina-Remón, M.A. Martínez-González, R. de la Torre, D. Corella, et al.  “Inverse association between habitual polyphenol intake and incidence of cardiovascular events in the PREDIMED study.”  Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis., 22 Jan. 2014.

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