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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