The best way to keep the heart healthy is by boosting your diet with foods high in vitamin K. A new study found that people who are vitamin K deficient are at risk of developing heart disease.
According to Mary Ellen Fain, co-first author of the study, kids who have higher levels of vitamin K relative to other kids appear to have better heart health. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin essential for blood clotting.
Apart from keeping the heart healthy, vitamin K also promotes healthy bones. Fruits and green leafy vegetables are a great source of vitamin K.
(Natural News) Eating more foods rich in vitamin K makes the heart healthier, according to a recent study reported by Science Daily.
Researchers from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) at Augusta University (AU) studied 766 healthy teenagers aged 14 to 18. They asked the subjects to wear activity monitors for seven days and to self-document what they ate between three and seven days. Most participants recorded their diet for at least six days. The researchers also put the adolescents under an echocardiography test to monitor their left ventricle.
They discovered that those who ate the smallest amount of vitamin K-rich foods, such as spinach, cabbage, iceberg lettuce, broccoli, and olive oil, had a 3.3 percent higher risk of having an unhealthy enlargement of the left ventricle. In addition, they found that the amount of blood pumped out became lower. Factors that affect the heart’s structure and function, such as sex, race, body composition, physical activity, and blood pressure, were also considered.
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