Evidence that daily substantial intakes of fruit and vegetable intakes could help protect us from heart disease gained further support from a recent study at Cambridge University. Scientists led by Professor Kay-Tee Khaw found that a boost in vitamin C intake could cut the risk of death from heart disease. The group studied 19,496 people aged between 45 and 79, from Norfolk and found that those with the highest vitamin C intakes had the lowest heart death rates. In addition they noted that that with just a 50 gramme increase in fruit or vegetables it was possible to cut the death rate by 20 per cent, regardless of the person's age, blood pressure or whether they smoked. Vitamin C, found in fresh fruit and vegetables, is a powerful antioxidant that mops up harmful free radicals. Full findings are published in the current issue of The Lancet: Volume 357, Number 9257, 03 March 2001.