Eating More Cruciferous Vegetables Can Be Beneficial for Elderly Women

Eating More Cruciferous Vegetables Can Be Beneficial for Elderly Women

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Elderly Women Can Now Easily Prevent Cardiovascular Diseases By Eating More Cruciferous Vegetables

Highlights:

• Eating more cruciferous vegetables can be associated with comparatively lesser carotid artery wall thickness among seniors (especially older women)

• Cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, and other cruciferous vegetables are proved to be extremely beneficial

• A 0.1mm decrease of carotid wall thickness can reduce the risks of heart attack and stroke by 10 – 18%

Do you know that elderly women who eat more cruciferous vegetables (i.e. broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, and cauliflower) tend to have relatively lesser carotid artery wall thickness? Well, according to a recent research report (conducted and published by the American Heart Association), this revolutionary fact has been revealed. 

Obviously, it's a well-known fact that eating more greeny, leafy, fresh, and seasonal vegetables keep your heart healthy. On top of that, the research has discovered that eating cruciferous vegetables can be extremely beneficial for older women as it can possibly reduce the chances of strokeheart attack, and cardiovascular disease.

Details of the Research & Its Outcome

Among 954 Australian women (in the age group of seventy and more), a food frequency questionnaire was distributed. Subsequently, those elderly females were asked to record their vegetable intakes, starting from frequently eating veggies to never eating vegetables. 

The food frequency questionnaire included the following vegetables, such as allium (i.e. onions, leeks, garlic, and shallots), cruciferous, leafy green vegetables, legumes, and red/orange /yellow veggies. To measure the carotid artery wall thickness and severity of the carotid plaque of those senior participants, the researchers used Sonograms. 

Researchers observed that participants whose diet featured cruciferous vegetable intakes had relatively lower carotid artery wall thickness. Please note, apart from the cruciferous vegetable intake, no other vegetable types showed any valid or significant association with carotid artery wall thickness during this particular study. 

Important Dietary Tips to Protect Senior Women from Cardiovascular Disease

Undoubtedly, the research report as obtained by the American Heart Association showed a protective link/connection between cruciferous veggies & carotid artery wall thickness amongst elderly women. Hence, the dietary guidelines should recommend and highlight the importance of consuming cruciferous vegetables for an increased protection against potential cardiovascular diseases. 

Two of our common carotid arteries which are located on either side of our neck provide a continuous blood supply to our head. These two carotid arteries are classified as the external and internal carotid arteries. Note, the external carotid artery supplies blood to the face, neck, and scalp. Whereas, the internal carotid artery provides blood supply to the brain. Accumulation of plaque (buildup of triglycerides, cholesterol, and other fatty substances) on the artery wall narrows down the carotid arteries and hinders the blood flow to the brain. The condition triggers the risks of stroke and heart attack. 

By consuming more cruciferous vegetables, senior women can easily protect and prevent themselves from stroke and other heart problems. 

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