Blueberries and strawberries 'can reduce heart attacks in women'

15 January 2013

Women who eat lots of blueberries and strawberries throughout the year could be boosting the vitality of their heart, according to new research.

By eating these certain fruits, women can cut their chances of experiencing a heart attack by as much as a third.

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston explained that the powerful preventative measures come from the particularly high content of flavonoids in strawberries and blueberries.

Flavonoids are basically antioxidant compounds that naturally occur in plants – as well as, interestingly, red wine and tea – that have been found to be really good for the body, especially the heart.

Dr Eric Rimm from the Harvard School of Public Health and one of the lead authors of the study that appeared in the American Heart Association Circulation journal advised women to incorporate the fruits into their everyday diet. He said it is easy to do.

"This study found an association between a diet rich in red and purple fruits, such as blueberries, blackberries and strawberries, and a reduction in heart attack risk for young and middle aged women," commented Victoria Taylor, a senior dietician at the British Heart Foundation.

"However, more research is needed to understand why this link between berries and better heart health exists."

Posted by Philip Briggs

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