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Heart disease is the primary cause of death in the industrialized world. Sudden cardiac death accounts for more than half (51%) of all heart disease deaths. Since sudden cardiac death occurs without any warning, prevention is the key.

Studies show that a diet of at least five daily servings of fruits and vegetables, exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and not smoking result in a substantial reduction in mortality. As Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Dean Ornish and others have shown in clinical studies, plant-based diets can prevent, successfully treat, and even reverse heart disease.

One major study showed that high blood levels of magnesium were associated “with an almost 40% reduced risk” of sudden cardiac death. Magnesium is an essential mineral in whole grains, leafy green vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds.

Many people with severe heart rate variability die from sudden cardiac death. Studies suggest a quarter cup of greens a day may cut risk of having a heart attack by 67%.

The best way to prevent massive heart attacks is to prevent the buildup of cholesterol, which is associated most closely with eating saturated fat (found mostly in meat, dairy, and eggs), trans fat (found mostly in processed food and animal products), and cholesterol itself (found in meat, dairy, and especially eggs). Elevated LDL cholesterol levels are also caused by the lack of consumption of fiber, found in plant but not animal foods.

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