The Health Effects of Polyphenol Rich Superfoods

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It’s a sad fact that very few people eat enough fruit & vegetables in their diet, with only 31% of adults aged 19 to 64, and 37% of adults aged 65 and over achieving the government recommended “5 a day”, according to the last published results of the National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS). And now there is more and more evidence suggesting that actually, 5 a day should really be the minimum target, and 7 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, or even up to 9 a day, provides significantly greater benefits. A research report published in March 2014 found that eating 7 or more portions of fruit and vegetables daily reduces the risk of death from cancer by 25% and the risk of heart disease by 31%. Looking at the reduction in the risk of death by any cause, eating 1-3 portions reduces your risk by 13%, 3-5 portions reduces your risk by 29%, 5-7 portions reduces the risk by 36% and 7 or more portions reduces your risk of death at any point in time by 42%. In conclusion, the more fruit and vegetables you eat, the less likely you are to die at any age1.

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