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Elderly women who eat more vegetables may be less likely to develop hardening of the arteries, an Australian study suggests.
Thinner artery walls and less plaque buildup are associated with a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Compared to women who had less two servings of vegetables a day, women who consumed at least three servings daily had carotid artery walls that were about 0.036 millimeters, or 5%, less thick, researchers found. With three servings of vegetables, maximum artery thickness was 0.047 millimeters lower, they report in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
In addition, each daily 10-gram (or about a third of an ounce) increase in consumption of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage was associated with 0.8% lower average artery wall thickness.
Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/health/vegetables-tied-to-artery-health-for-older-women-10105856