by Zareen Afridi | 08 SEP 2017
A normal human being is found to consume way less recommended portion of fruits and vegetables which is the major cause of diseases and ailments. World Health Organisation report states that heart stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and long term disability which can be avoided by consumption of fruits and green leafy vegetables.
According to Centres for Disease Control and prevention (CDC), a stroke happens when the blood vessels contract or the blood flow is hindered. If the stroke is worse, the blood vessel ruptures due to the excessive pressure. As a result, the brain tissue damages, often leading to death of the patient. Diet rich in nitrates such as green leafy vegetables that include lettuce, spinach and beets are beneficial in stroke as they contain nitrate.
Nitrates are converted into nitric oxide in the body during the process of digestion. Nitric oxide is beneficial in relaxing and expanding blood vessels and also in lowering the blood pressure. When the blood vessels are relaxed, they contract less. As a result, the constriction of blood vessels is narrowed down. This is directly beneficial in preventing stroke as the blood vessels are healthy and blood pressure is balanced.
Researchers have also found out that consuming 200 grams of fruits on a daily basis reduces the chance of stroke by 32%. Vegetables are not behind; consuming 200 grams of vegetables daily reduces the risk of stroke by 11%. The research was conducted on both men and women of all age groups and the results benefited to all of them. The result of the research highlights that eating citrus fruits, apples, pears and leafy vegetables are helpful in lowering the blood pressure. This ultimately protects from stroke as constricted blood vessels and high blood pressure is the reason behind stroke.
Munching on fresh fruits and vegetables not only prevents stroke but also improves microvascular functions, body fluids, maintains body mass index and total and LDL cholesterol levels. Through fruits you can get abundant nutrients like fibre, folate, potassium and antioxidants like Vitamin C, beta carotene and flavonoids that are beneficial in reducing risk of stroke and to the body in general.
If you tend to skip fruits or vegetables because of their sugar content then you are going in the wrong way. The naturally occurring sugar of fruit comes with fibres and beneficial plant chemicals that are helpful in energy synthesis of the body. It can be a great alternative to artificial sugar substitutes and also keeps the body full and hydrated. Fresh fruits and vegetables have great skin and anti-inflammatory properties. So there is no reason to not gorge on fresh fruits and vegetables because of their benefits galore. Keep your diet rich in these naturally occurring eatables to keep many diseases at bay.
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