Boost Your Heart Health with the Right Veggies

A study that was published in the July 2011 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that eating your veggies–particularly cruciferous vegetables–can dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease.

The study followed 73,000 men and 67,000 women for approximately five and 10 years, respectively, collecting information on their consumption of fruits and vegetables. The results showed that men and women who ate the most fruits and veggies were 16 percent less likely to have died of heart disease during the study than those who ate the least.

BUT, people who ate the most cruciferous vegetables–meaning broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, bok choy and kale–were 22 percent less likely to die of heart disease.

Bonus: Another new study shows that cruciferous veggies are also good for boosting immunity!