We talk a lot on this show about how certain foods can benefit your health. But we rarely talk about when those health benefits kick in. So let’s answer some of those questions.

  • First: When do fruits and vegetables start lowering your risk for cancer? Experts say the cancer-fighting antioxidants found in all fruits and vegetables kick in almost immediately! But those antioxidants will only remain active for a few hours, so it’s important to eat several servings of fruits and veggies every day. That’ll refill your body’s supply of antioxidants, and improve its ability to repair the cell damage which causes cancer.

  • The next food question: When will a diet rich in potassium begin to lower blood pressure? In one new study, high blood pressure patients who ate a full serving of potassium every day were able to lower their blood pressure to safe levels within one week! There’s a catch, though: You need to get all your potassium from food, like potatoes, peaches, clams, or bananas. 

  • One more food question: How long will it take for fish to improve your heart-health? Experts say some of the heart-health benefits of eating seafood like salmon kick in immediately. But to get the full benefits, you’ll need to eat fish consistently for about two months. That way, your body will become saturated with the omega-3 fatty acids which help ward off heart disease.