New study shows eating pulses every day improves blood vessel function and fights heart disease
A new clinical study by researchers at the Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM) shows that daily consumption of pulses – beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas – leads to major improvements in blood vessel function in individuals with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a condition in which blood flow to the limbs is reduced. Study findings were presented today at the Experimental Biology conference in
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“Eating pulses brings back that arterial flexibility and may actually reverse the disease process,” explains CCARM team leader Dr.
Regular pulse consumption also reduced the body mass index of study participants and significantly reduced circulating total and LDL cholesterol levels. Study findings also showed that regular pulse consumption increased the dietary intake of fibre, folate, Vitamin C, iron, zinc, potassium and protein.
“The study tells us that by making a few simple changes in your diet, you can improve your health significantly, potentially reducing the need for expensive pharmaceuticals,” says Dr. Taylor. “Pulses are a true functional food – they may offer significant protection against cardiovascular disease, are readily available and the amount can be easily integrated into an everyday diet.”
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