Healthy Diet Reduces Risk for Heart Disease

Friday, April 13, 2012 12:04
Posted in category Heart Disease

A diet low in fat and high in fruits and vegetables has been known to reduce risk factors for heart disease such as blood pressure and cholesterol, but new findings, published in the August 22nd issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, have shown the benefits of a healthy diet on an alternate heart disease risk factor, homocysteine. Elevated levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that is synthesized as the body metabolizes protein, has been linked to an increased risk for heart disease, but a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables may help to reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood and lower heart disease risk.

In a study, researchers evaluated the effects of diet on 118 participants with moderately high blood pressure. All of the participants had pre-study diets that were low in fruits, vegetables and dairy products, and relatively high in fat. The first group continued on their high-fat diet that consisted of little fruits and vegetables. The second group consumed lots of fruits and vegetables but little dairy, and the third group followed the DASH, diet consisting of foods low in fat and high in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy foods and the government recommended amount of folate. Folate is believed to lower blood levels of homocysteine.

At the end of the study, researchers found that participants on the diet low in vegetables and high in fat had higher homocysteine levels than at the beginning of the study. Participants on the DASH diet had significantly reduced levels of homocysteine and lowered risks for heart disease. Researchers believe that a diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in fat helps to reduce homocysteine levels, and adding folate to a diet will likely enhance reduction in homocysteine levels and reduction in overall heart disease risk.

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