The new study examined the diet and heart disease of nearly 32,600 Swedish women aged 49-83. The researchers divided the participants into five groups based on the total amount of antioxidants in the diet. During the study period, 1114 women were tested for myocardial infarction. However, the study found that among the women with the highest dietary antioxidant levels, this risk was 20% lower than that of the lowest group of women. The maximum amount of these antioxidants is equivalent to the antioxidants obtained by eating 7 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
Scientists have pointed out that this new study shows an inverse relationship between dietary antioxidant intake and the risk of heart attack. Antioxidants prevent damage to cells in the body that cause disease. The most readily available antioxidants include vitamin A and vitamin C in various fruits and vegetables. The new study further quantifies the intake of antioxidants in the natural diet that maintains heart health.
In addition, female estrogen helps to reduce the risk of heart disease, and once it enters the menopause, this protective effect of estrogen on the heart will gradually decrease. Therefore, 7 fruits and vegetables per day are guaranteed to help menopausal women to reduce the risk of heart disease.