What is still our nation's number 1 killer? Cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been on the top of the list for decades. Despite remarkable progress in understanding CVD, CVD therapy, surgical procedures, and research advances in prevention strategies, it remains a leading cause of death, disability, hospitalization, and prescription drug use in our nation but also worldwide!
While it is common and normal to worry about other chronic diseases, it's worth noting that there are more effective strategies for preventing cardiovascular disease than any other chronic disease out there! In fact, 90 percent of heart disease risk factors are controllable!
For example, overproduction of oxidants in the human body plays a major role in the development of CVD. Scavenging these oxidants with antioxidant phytochemicals from the diet is an important way to lower the level of oxidative stress (that is, ongoing, oxygen-based damage to the lining of delicate blood vessels) that promotes CVD.
One of the easiest approaches to making sure you get a wide variety of all the antioxidant phytochemicals out there is to eat a colourful diet. When you paint your plate with a wide range of colourful produce, you benefit from all the different actions various plant chemicals and antioxidants can take to defend your heart.