Cris LaBossiere

Cris LaBossiere
Strength training and mountain biking. My two favorites

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Eat Veggies, Change your Genes

Lot's of news stories covering new research showing that those who have a genetic predisposition to heart disease can reduce their risk of heart disease to equal that of those who don't have the gene.

A gene called 9p21 can make those who carry it more susceptible to heart disease.  Eating as little as two servings of fruit and veggies a day appears to be enough to reduce the ill-health effects of this gene to essentially nullify it's significance.

More research is needed to understand why this works, or why 9p21 can cause health problems, but the bottom line is, you guessed it; eat your fruit and veggies.

Do you have the gene?  An article in WebMD quotes the study author saying 50% of the population carries one copy of the gene, while 20% carry two copies.

Raw fruits and veggies seemed to work better.

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