Eating a healthy, balanced diet – including at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day – could lower your risk of an early death, according to the NHS. You could also boost your lifespan by doing regular exercise. It’s the “miracle cure” we’ve all been waiting for, it said. Making some small diet or lifestyle changes could help to increase your life expectancy and avoid an early death. You could raise your chances of a long and healthy life, and even lower your cholesterol, by regularly eating grapefruit, it’s been claimed.
Grapefruit is a citrus fruit that’s rich in the powerful antioxidant lycopene, revealed dietitian Juliette Kellow and nutritionist Dr Sarah Brewer.
Regularly eating red grapefruit, specifically, could reduce the amount of ‘bad’ cholesterol in your body, they said.
Everyone should aim to eat a portion of citrus fruits every single day to increase their lifespan, they added.
“Best known for containing vitamin C, which supports the immune system, citrus fruits do far more than just fight infections,” they said in their book ‘Eat Better Live Longer – Understand What Your Body Needs To Stay Healthy’.
“They are linked tight everything from protection against heart disease and cancer to slowing down cataract development.
“Grapefruit help to lower cholesterol levels. [They] come in pink, red, and blond varieties. Pink and red are rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant.v
“Consuming citrus juices regularly has also been linked to lower cholesterol levels in humans.
“In a study, red grapefruit reduced total and LDL [or bad] cholesterol twice as much as the yellow variety.”
Fruits that rich in vitamin C could also lower your risk of heart disease, they added.
People that eat the most citrus fruits in their diet have a 28 per cent lower risk of stroke, they added.
For the largest benefit, it’s best to eat citrus fruit raw. Be sure to eat the whole fruit, so you add all of the fibre to your diet.
Eating five portions of fruit and vegetables every week is one of the best way to make sure you lead a long and healthy life.
Regular exercise is a crucial aspect to improving overall health, and helping you to live longer.
People that do regular exercise are up to 50 per cent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes and some cancers, said the NHS.
It may even slash the chances of coronary heart disease and stroke by up to 35 per cent.
All UK adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week.