By now, most women know that heart disease is one of the greatest health threats they face as they age. This is why health-conscious ladies may want to pay attention to a comprehensive, long-term study of Swedish women that found a diet plentiful in antioxidant-rich foods can prevent heart attacks. The women in the study who ate the most antioxidant-rich foods — most notably high amounts of fruits and vegetables — had the lowest rates of heart attacks during the 10-year study period.
The study was reported recently in the American Journal of Medicine, which noted in an accompanying editorial that only 14 percent of American adults (and even fewer adolescents) eat five or more fruits or vegetables a day. Sounds like a call to raid the local farmers market.