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Improve Your Heart Health With Colorful Veggies

Improve Your Heart Health With Colorful Veggies

Since laughter releases feel-good brain chemicals and is good for your heart, you could binge watch your favorite comedies to improve your health. Another idea? Load your dinner plate with lots of colorful veggies.

According to a study in Atherosclerosis, one of the carotenoid pigments, lutein, which gives many plants their sassy color (think deep greens in kale, broccoli, turnip greens and spinach, and rich yellows and oranges in pumpkin, summer squash and corn) also reduces chronic inflammation in folks with coronary artery disease.

For the more than 28 million Americas currently diagnosed with heart disease and the millions more who are at high risk, that’s great news. You can avoid becoming one of the 600,000 people a year who die from heart attacks.

Plain and simple, aim for two to three cups of colorful fresh veggies (raw or cooked) daily. That adds up to a salad with mixed dark greens at lunch, a cup of butternut squash soup and a cup of steamed spinach at dinner. You’ll live better—and longer—eating colorfully.

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