The Power of Fruit and Vegetables

Add more fruit and veggies to your diet to feel better and stronger!

We all know we should eat more fruit and vegetables but sometimes it’s hard to see immediate benefits. The cancer fighting and anti-aging properties have been known for decades but we all would love for  more immediate results.  Separate studies just out and published soon will show how eating these can lead to increased feelings of happiness and better muscle function.Fruit power

Soon to be published, one study looked at the impact of increasing fruit and vegetables and our feelings of well-being and happiness.  The results showed going from almost no fruit and vegetables to eight servings daily yielded  increased life satisfaction ratings equivalent to moving from unemployment to employment.  That’s a big increase!

These results could be a beneficial tool in helping convince people of the importance of increasing their fruit and vegetable intake.  Not only can they benefit in the long term, but now also in the short term.  We are more apt to stick with something when we can see a more immediate impact. Demonstrating and experiencing increasing happiness could be just what some people need to stick with adding more fruits and vegetables to their diet. [tweetthis]Increase happiness by eating more fruit & vegetables![/tweetthis]

In a separate study, researchers found a molecule in the pomegranate which is transformed in the gut after eating enables rodent cells to protect themselves against one of the major causes of aging.  A build up of factors leading to muscle weakening was impacted showing better muscle function. The results are so favorable they have already begun testing for similar results in humans. This is a big breaktrhough in understanding the process of muscle degeneration in aging!  I have been sharing with anyone who will listen about the power of the little pomegranate for years and here’s more proof of its power!

We clearly all need to increase and maintain high amounts of fruit (especially pomegranates) and vegetables in our diet.  Not only can be benefit long term from decreased cancer and dementia risk, but also it will make us feel good in the short term.

Our family is sharing in a farm fresh basket of food each week this summer, which has greatly increased our vegetable intake.  Often I’ll grab extra fruit to put into my salad.  I add pomegranate juice to my oj each day and I know it makes a big difference in my well-being.  How can you increase your fruit and veggie intake this week?

I say let’s toast to these findings!  Pomegranate juice anyone?

Journal references:

Redzo Mujcic, Redzo &  Oswald, Andrew J. Evolution of Well-Being and Happiness After Increases in Consumption of Fruit and Vegetables. American Journal of Public Health, August 2016, DOI:10.2105/AJPH.2016.303260

Dongryeol Ryu, Laurent Mouchiroud, Pénélope A Andreux, Elena Katsyuba, Norman Moullan, Amandine A Nicolet-dit-Félix, Evan G Williams, Pooja Jha, Giuseppe Lo Sasso, Damien Huzard, Patrick Aebischer, Carmen Sandi, Chris Rinsch & Johan Auwerx. Urolithin A induces mitophagy and prolongs lifespan in C. elegans and increases muscle function in rodents. Nature Medicine, July 2016 DOI: 10.1038/nm.4132





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