Beetroot stir fry – Beetroot Mezhukkupuratti
A Finnish medical study conducted in the Kuopio region of Finland, the Kuopio Ischaemic* Heart Disease Risk Factor (KIHD), was conducted by the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio and reported in the European Journal of Public Health December of 2012. * (ischaemic – lacking blood)
The study took 1031 men in the Kuopio region aged 46 to 65. Researchers took their blood levels of lycopene, alpha and beta-carotene, retinol, and alpha-tocopherol, then followed up over several years.
The study concluded: “Low serum lycopene and beta-carotene increase the risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in men.” An AMI is a heart attack. Of the 1031 men, 194 had heart attacks during a time span averaging 11.5 years. 
So obviously the inverse is true: Higher lycopene and b-carotene blood levels reduce heart attack risks. Instead of depending on supplements to increase those carotenoid blood levels, let’s have a look at the foods that provide them. All of them should be from organic sources, of course.
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