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Daily cup of nitrate-rich leafy vegetables helps prevent cardiovascular disease
If you eat a cup of leafy greens every day, your chance of having a heart attack, stroke, heart failure or other cardiovascular incident decreases by 15 percent. A study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology comes to this conclusion.
When the study began, the participants were free of cardiovascular disease. During the study, however, 14088 (that is 27 percent) had to deal with an infarction, stroke, heart failure or other cardiovascular incident.
The researchers knew the participants' diet and looked at whether they could find nutrional factors that helped determine whether someone developed a cardiovascular disease.
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The effect of the intake of nitrate from vegetables on cardiovascular disease was greater. Compared to the study participants with a relatively low intake of nitrate from vegetables [23 milligrams per day], the study participants with an intake of 60 milligrams of vegetable nitrate per day or more had a 15 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
An even higher intake of nitrate did not appear to protect even better.