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  1. Fruits and veggies can help your heart and mood

    Pick produce to be happier and healthier

    You don't need me to tell you that you should eat plenty of fruits and veggies. After all, Mom already took care of that.

    But have you ever really taken her excellent advice to heart?

    If you haven't yet officially declared the produce aisle your favorite spot in the grocery store, let's see what we can do to change that.

    Fruits and veggies are practically spilling over with the essential antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals you need to fight disease and stay healthy. These nutrients literally help us to fight cancer, heart disease, diabetes, aging and more.

    A large Swedish study tracking the health of 32,500 women for a decade found that those ladies who ate more fruits and veggies were healthier. Even more impressive, they had a hefty 20 percent lower heart-attack risk, according to the study published in The American Journal of Medicine.

    And some research out of Britain finds that that all that might be standing between you and real happiness is a lack of fresh produce. When British scientists dug into the health data of 80,000 men and women they found that those that eat the most fruits and veggies also reported being the happiest overall.

    But the key to these healthier, happier, and heart-attack-free lives all hinged on one little factor... and that's the number of servings.

    In the Swedish study the women who avoided heart attacks were enjoying a delicious seven servings of fruits and veggies a day. And those happy Brits were bouncing through their days downing seven delicious servings a day too.

    Sadly only fourteen percent of adults are getting the seven servings a day they need. Don't be one of them! Grab the shopping bags and plan a trip to the produce aisle TODAY.

  2. Antioxidants in veggies can cut heart risk

    The magical powers of produce

    Mom always said eat your vegetables, but if she ever told you why it was probably a vague promise of good health.

    And that's just poor salesmanship.

    Fruits and vegetables provide critical levels of essential antioxidants and other nutrients, and the benefits go way beyond any vague promise of good health.

    So let me get very specific here with a new study of 32,500 Swedish women between the ages of 49 and 83 who were tracked for up to a decade. The ones who listened to mom and ate their fruits and veggies weren't just healthier -- they had a 20 percent lower risk of a heart attack, according to the study in The American Journal of Medicine.

    That's a big difference in heart risk -- but there was an even bigger difference on the dinner plate: Women who ate the most fruits and vegetables enjoyed a full 7 servings a day, while those who ate the least had an average of just 2.5 servings a day.

    For the record, a serving can be a small piece of fruit -- like an apple -- or a half-cup of vegetables. It's not a lot... and when you eat just 2.5 servings a day, you're hardly eating any at all beyond the lettuce and tomatoes on your sandwich.

    But that's what most people are getting these days. Just 14 percent of adults and 9.5 percent of children eat even five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

    That's simply not enough -- because along with protecting the heart, the antioxidants and other nutrients in fresh produce can help keep your waistline down, prevent diabetes, fight cancer, keep stroke at bay, and more.

    No vague promises here -- those are all very real benefits proven by research. And that's how mom should sell those fresh fruits and vegetables.

    PS: Everyone's pushing flu shots this time of year... but did you know that the shot can actually cause the very disease it's supposed to prevent? Find out what you're doctor won't tell you about flu shots next month in my Health Revelations newsletter.

  3. Painkillers boost heart risk

    Researchers say non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can boost the risk of another attack or even death by as much as 45 percent in a single week of use -- and by 55 percent after three months.
  4. Red meat for healthy hearts

    In a big victory for the low-carb crowd, Indian researchers have found that vegetarians have a dramatically higher risk for heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

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