These foods alter the heart disease genesNote from Carolyn:
Every day I read something more about the benefits of fruits and vegetables. No matter what our genetic makeup eating fresh foods (not processed) drinking plenty of clean water, and getting some exercise sems to help you either defeat of cope with your genetic weaknesses.
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Did your mother or father have a heart attack? Did your grandfather and
a couple of aunts and uncles or maybe a brother or cousin die from
heart disease? Do you feel doomed that having a bad ticker "runs" in
Actually, you may have good reason to worry if
several of your relatives have suffered from cardiac problems. There is a
gene passed down in families that researchers say is the strongest
marker for heart disease. But now there's breaking news that shows you
can actually change that genetic heritage.
No, we aren't talking
about some gene zapping drug or high tech genetic medical therapy.
Instead, you simply need to eat a lot of raw natural fruit and veggies.
isn't a joke and it isn't an unsubstantiated "health nut" claim.
Instead, it's the result of a study headed by an international team of
scientists and directed by researchers at McMaster and McGill
universities. These researchers have made an amazing discovery, which
was just published in the journal PLoS Medicine: the gene responsible for much heart disease can be modified by eating generous amounts of fruits and raw vegetables.
know that 9p21 genetic variants increase the risk of heart disease for
those that carry it," Dr. Jamie Engert, joint principal investigator of
the study, who is a researcher in cardiovascular diseases at the
Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) and
associate member in the Department of Human Genetics at McGill
University, said in a media statement. "But it was a surprise to find
that a healthy diet could significantly weaken its effect."
Huge study investigated gene and diet linkThe
research represents one of the largest gene and diet interaction
studies ever conducted on cardiovascular disease. It involved studying
more than 27,000 individuals(European, South Asian, Chinese, Latin
American and Arab) to see if what they ate had an effect on the 9p21
The results showed that individuals with the high risk
genotype who ate a diet rich in mainly raw vegetables, fruits and
berries, had no more risk of heart attack than people who lacked the
heart disease-linked gene.
"We observed that the effect of a high-risk genotype can be mitigated by consuming a diet high in fruits and vegetables,"
stated Sonia Anand. She is the joint principal investigator of the
study, and a researcher at the Population Health Research Institute and a
professor of medicine and epidemiology at the Michael G. DeGroote
School of Medicine at McMaster University. Sonia also commented, "Our
results support the public health recommendation to consume more than
five servings of fruits or vegetables as a way to promote good health."
to the study's lead author Dr. Ron Do (who conducted this research as
part of his PhD at McGill and is now based at the Center for Human
Genetics Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston), the
new study suggests there may be an important interplay between genes and
diet in cardiovascular disease. "Future research is necessary to
understand the mechanism of this interaction, which will shed light on
the underlying metabolic processes that the 9p21 gene is involved in,"
Dr. Do said.
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