Friday, 15 July 2016

Consume natural food and don’t just depend on supplements to prevent heart disease

Consume natural food and don’t just depend on supplements to prevent heart disease New Delhi, July 12, 2016: One should consume seasonal vegetables and locally grown natural food and vegetables or those grown in organic farms," said Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal – President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Honorary Secretary General IMA. Eating less, a lighter dinner, and eating natural and in moderation are few of the mantras. Taking food supplements in excessive quantities can be harmful. According to the American Heart Association, supplementation with beta carotene and Vitamin E, either alone or in combination with each other or other antioxidant vitamins does not prevent heart disease. High-dose Vitamin E supplementation (400 IU/day) may be associated with an increase in all-cause mortality. Supplementation with vitamin C does not prevent second heart attack. Beta carotene supplementation may be dangerous and should be discouraged. Vitamin E supplementation may be of benefit for only secondary prevention of heart patients with chronic renal failure who are undergoing hemodialysis. The American Heart Association concluded that current data do not justify the use of antioxidant supplements for the prevention or treatment of cardiovascular disease risk. The above recommendations apply to supplementation only. Diets high in natural antioxidants are associated with lower cardiovascular mortality. Some tips • Have a mix of all seven colours & six tastes • Avoid refined carbs • Say no to trans fats • Reduce red meat

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