How would you like to reduce your risk of dying by 42%? I know, all of us are going to die, so our risk of dying is 100%. The phrasing from some studies makes me laugh at times. But this new study has some serious results that can help us live a longer, more vibrant life.
Researchers recently found that it's really quite simple to live a long, healthy life if you eat right. That's not news for most of us. But what is news is just how big the impact can be. They found that the more servings of fresh fruit and vegetables you eat, the more you'll be able to put off death and significant illness. In this study, they followed the eating habits of more than 65,000 people who lived in England between 2001 and 2013.
They found that the people who ate seven or more portions of fruits and vegetables per day had a 42% decrease in their risk of death. Those who ate five to seven portions saw their risk reduced by 36%. Eating three to five reduced risk by 29%. And one to three portions still had a significant impact, lowering the risk by 14%.
Another interesting finding was that veggies were far more protective than the fruit. For instance, eating veggies decreases your death risk by 16% per serving. But each serving of salad reduces risk by 13% and each portion of fruit reduces risk by only 4%.
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"Vegetables have a larger effect than fruit, but fruit still makes a real difference," said the study's author, Oyinlola Oyebode, with the department of epidemiology and public health at the University of London. "If you're happy to snack on carrots or other vegetables, then that is a great choice but if you fancy something sweeter, a banana or any fruit will also do you good."
However, drinking processed fruit juice did not have the same impact on longevity. The study did not evaluate fresh juice, which probably would have the same (or at least similar) impact as eating the fresh fruit. Fresh juice does reduce the amount of fiber, which is a significant loss. But the nutrients would be similar.
What's more, the researchers found that eating seven or more portions of fruits and vegetables a day can reduce your risk of heart disease by a whopping 31%. And this level of consumption will also reduce your risk of death from cancer by an amazing 25%.
"We all know that eating fruit and vegetables is healthy, but the size of the effect is staggering," said Oyebode.
If you can't eat seven servings of fruits and veggies every day, then I encourage you to add Advanced Greens Formula to your daily supplement regimen. This greens powder is absolutely fabulous. I'm not a powder fan, but I love this product. The taste is wonderful. And the texture is smooth and hardly noticeable in most beverages. It's a great way to get extra servings of fruits and veggies.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.