Your mother probably told you to eat your vegetables. A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can help keep blood pressure under control and lower the risk of heart disease. That is the basis of the DASH diet. Research has shown that people who eat more vegetables also reduce their risk of cognitive decline and dementia.
Vegetable Intake Reduces the Chance of Peripheral Artery Disease:
Now scientists offer one more reason why you should eat your vegetables. They analyzed dietary data from more than 3.5 million older Americans, with an average age of 65.
Fewer than one-third of the participants ate three servings or more of vegetables and fruits daily. However, the researchers found that people who ate the most produce had the lowest risk of peripheral artery disease.
What Is Peripheral Artery Disease?
In peripheral artery disease, the large blood vessels that carry blood to the limbs become narrow due to athersclerosis. As a result, they carry less oxygenated blood to hard-working muscles. Consequently, this condition causes pain and interferes with a person’s ability to function.
Since the legs are affected most often, a person with PAD often suffers pain or muscle cramps while walking or climbing stairs. The muscles may become overtired without much exertion. The pain usually disappears with rest, but it may crop back up again as soon as the person starts moving.
Avoiding PAD will greatly improve your quality of life. You’ll get a head start on that if you eat your vegetables.
If you need some good ideas about how to include more vegetables in your meals, you’ll find them in our book, Recipes & Remedies From The People’s Pharmacy.