Broccoli and brussels sprouts may promote heart health

Good news if you regularly pile your plate high with broccoli and brussels sprouts: cruciferous vegetables may bring special heart benefits. A study published online July 17 by The British Journal of Nutrition found that people who ate more cruciferous veggies (which also included cauliflower and cabbage in the study) had less calcium buildup in their aortas (the body’s largest blood vessel) than people who ate less of these veggies.

Fatty deposits in arteries attract calcium and the buildup is known as calcification. Research shows that people with calcified aortas are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke. The study authors looked at data from 684 women ages 70 and older, measuring both their intake of cruciferous vegetables and their level of aortic calcification.

They found that women who regularly ate more than 44.6 grams (equivalent to about 1/4 cup of cooked chopped broccoli) each day were 46% less likely to have high amounts of calcified fatty deposits in their aortas compared with women who rarely or never ate cruciferous vegetables.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8

 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” – Mark 11:24

 “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” – Proverbs 12:25

 “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” – Luke 12:25

 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” – Matthew 7:11

 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22

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