In the margins: Another good reason to eat your greens
A cup of green veg a day keeps heart disease away, according to research out of ECU. More than 1000 WA women had their diets studied for nitrate intake from vegetables. Women with higher nitrate intake from veg had a 40% lower risk of dying from heart disease or stroke. Leafy greens were found to be the best source of nitrate, including spinach, lettuce and kale.
Association of dietary nitrate with atherosclerotic vascular disease mortality: a prospective cohort study of older women, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Association of vegetable nitrate intake with carotid atherosclerosis and ischemic cerebrovascular disease in older women, Stroke.