8 Weeks of Plant-Rich Diet May Improve Heart Health

A new study, conducted by researchers from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston, US, suggests that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables for just 8 weeks may improve heart health.8 Weeks of Plant-Rich Diet May Improve Heart Health

In total, 326 individuals whose mean age was 45.2 years old took part in the study. Each of the participants followed the DASH diet, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and a “typical American diet”. After 8 weeks, the researchers assessed the levels of three biomarkers linked to heart health in samples of serum, collected from the participants.

The serum test results showed that people who followed either the DASH diet or another diet rich in fruits and vegetables had significantly lower concentrations of troponin and pro–B-type natriuretic peptide compared to their peers who stick to the typical American diet.

The authors write in their paper: “Our study suggests that dietary features common to both the DASH and fruit-and-vegetable diets, including but not limited to higher potassium, magnesium, and fiber content, may be causative factors.”

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