Eat your greens for a healthy heart

Vi­ta­min K in kale, spinach and broc­coli keeps the or­gan pump­ing

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - INTERNATIONAL - By Alexan­dra Thomp­son

Eat your greens for a healthy heart, new re­search sug­gests. Vi­ta­min K, which is found in kale, spinach and broc­coli, main­tains the size of the vi­tal or­gan's left ven­tri­cle, a study found, which is re­spon­si­ble for pump­ing oxy­gen- rich blood around the body. that dam­age ar­ter­ies and in­crease blood clot­ting, putting peo­ple at risk of suf­fer­ing a heart dis­ease or stroke.

A su­gary diet also causes peo­ple's fat me­tab­o­lism to be sim­i­lar to that of a non-al­co­holic fatty liver dis­ease suf­ferer, the new re­search adds, with such in­di­vid­u­als be­ing at an in­creased risk of heart at­tacks.

Study au­thor Pro­fes­sor Bruce Grif­fin from the Uni­ver­sity of Sur­rey, said: 'Our find­ings pro­vide new ev­i­dence that con­sum­ing high amounts of sugar can al­ter your fat me­tab­o­lism in ways that could in­crease your risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease.'

The more vi­ta­min K a per­son has, the less likely they are to de­velop an en­larged heart, the study found. Past re­search sug­gests vi­ta­min K may ac­ti­vate a pro­tein in­volved in main­tain­ing heart size.

How the study was car­ried out

Re­searchers from Au­gusta Uni­ver­sity an­a­lyzed 766 healthy teenagers aged be­tween 14 and 18. The study's par­tic­i­pant's diet and ac­tiv­ity lev­els were mea­sured over seven days via self-re­port­ing and de­vices that as­sess ac­cel­er­a­tion. Their heart's struc­ture and func­tion was in­ves­ti­gated via ul­tra­sound scans.

In­suf­fi­cient vi­ta­min K in­creases the heart's size

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