There are many reasons that people should try to consume antioxidants every day, one of which is that they may protect your cells against damaging free radicals. Antioxidants include vitamins A, C and E, beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene and selenium, according to the National Institutes of Health.
According to a new study published in The American Journal of Medicine, women who consumed high amounts of antioxidants – seven servings per day – had a 20 percent lower chance of having a heart attack, as compared to participants who only ate 2.4 daily servings. Swedish researchers surveyed approximately 32,500 women living Sweden between the ages of 49 and 83 about their eating habits. After 10 years of following the participants, they found that approximately 4 percent had a heart attack, as reported by HealthDay.
“Our study was the first to look at the effect of all dietary antioxidants in relation to [heart attack],” said Alicja Wolk, the lead investigator of the study, as quoted by the news source.
Individuals can get antioxidants by taking an all-natural supplement like Ultimate Reds made by Dr. Newton’s Naturals or by eating multiple servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Not only does this potentially decrease your risk of a heart attack, but it may also help with weight management and loss. However, only 14 percent of American adults eat five or more servings of produce per day, Health Day reports.