The Courier-Mail

SPRING IN STEP FOR BERRIES

Nanna naps are good for the heart

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NANNA naps may be able to save you from a heart at­tack but only if you can avoid drink­ing buck­ets of cof­fee and sit­ting in front of the tele­vi­sion all day while awake.

Tak­ing reg­u­lar mid­day naps was found to lower a per­son’s blood pres­sure and keep heart at­tacks at bay, ac­cord­ing to re­search pre­sented in Lon­don yesterday at the Euro­pean So­ci­ety of Car­di­ol­ogy con­fer­ence.

A one-hour day­light snooze SNAP up some straw­ber­ries and break out the spring sal­ads; Queens­land is bloom­ing and a glut of top-qual­ity pro­duce has sent pro­duce prices tum­bling.

Queens­land straw­ber­ries are in peak sea­son, ac­cord­ing to Ge­orge Lathouras, of whole­saler Mur­ray Broth­ers, and should stay sweet and juicy and at re- was found to lower a per­son’s blood pres­sure by 4 per cent when awake and 6 per cent while sleep­ing at night – which is enough to drop their heart at­tack risk by 10 per cent, ac­cord­ing to study co-au­thor Dr Mano­lis Kal­lis­tratos.

But, in a blow for cof­fee afi­ciona­dos, young adults with a pen­chant for caf­feine were found to have a four­fold in­crease in the risk of heart at­tacks and other car­diac events. cord low prices for at least another month.

“There are heaps of lo­cal straw­ber­ries around and they’ll stay cheap for a cou­ple of weeks, down to $1.40 to $2 a pun­net,” he said.

Smoothie fans are be­ing ad­vised to buy up and freeze the berries, a bet­ter al­ter­na­tive to

Even those aged 18-45 with only a “mod­er­ate” con­sump­tion of 1-3 cof­fees a day are rais­ing their risk of heart at­tacks by three times, ac­cord­ing to a 12-year study of more than 1200 pa­tients at Italy’s Hos­pi­tal of San Daniele del Fri­uli.

The study also found those who watch more than five hours’ TV a day are dou­bling their chances of a fa­tal pul­monary em­bolism, usu­ally as­so­ci­ated with long-haul flights. im­ported frozen berries. Just wash, pat dry and freeze in an air­tight con­tainer or zi­plock plas­tic bag.

It’s good news for veg­eta­bles, too; green beans will drop from an av­er­age of $5 per kg to $3, zucchinis will halve in price to $3-4 per kg and cu­cum­bers drop to around $2 each.

Graeme Twine, of Sun­coast Fresh, said to ex­pect best-qual­ity pro­duce for the first half of spring, pro­vid­ing the weather con­di­tions re­main sta­ble.

“When the cli­mate is above 16 de­gree at night and un­der 30 dur­ing the day, ev­ery­thing grow well. The last few weeks have been per­fect,” he said.

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