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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

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    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Fruit, veggies, and the risk of death from ischemic heart disease

    A higher intake of fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of ischemic heart disease (reduced blood supply to the heart muscle).

    Researchers at the University of Oxford, in the UK, assessed the relation between fruit and vegetable intake and risk of death from ischemic heart disease in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)-Heart study.

    First, the details.

    • After an average of 8.4 years, there were 1636 deaths from ischemic heart disease among 313,074 men and women without previous heart attack or stroke.

    And, the results.

    • Participants consuming at least 8 portions (80 grams each) of fruits and vegetables a day had a 22% lower risk of fatal ischemic heart disease compared with those consuming fewer than 3 portions a day.
    • A one-portion (80 gram) increment in fruit and vegetable intake was associated with a 4% lower risk of fatal ischemic heart disease.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “A higher intake of fruits and vegetables is associated with a reduced risk of ischemic heart disease mortality.”

    The biological mechanisms by which fruits and vegetables lower this risk remains unclear.

    8/16/11 19:54 JR

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