The flu shot halves the risk of heart attack or stroke in people with a history of previous cardiovascular incidents, and it reduces the risk by slightly more than a third in those with no history of heart disease. The connection? Researchers suspect that the inflammation caused by influenza tends to destabilize plaque inside your blood vessels. This instability leads plaque to rupture, causing a blockage and triggering a heart-related event. The thinking is: Prevent the flu and its severe inflammation, prevent the heart attack.
Another strategy for preventing dangerous inflammation is to eat an anti-inflammatory diet. Our Go! Foods® for You program includes foods that meet this criteria, including fatty fish like salmon, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and spices like turmeric, cumin and ginger. It’s also important to avoid red meat, added sugars, and trans fats to help minimize your body’s inflammation response.
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