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Strawberries and Blueberries Reduce Cardiac Risk in Women

Strawberries and blueberries are delicious, but they are so much more than a healthy snack for women. A new study out indicates that eating 3-4 servings of strawberries and blueberries during a weekly period can cut heart attack in women by one-third. Berries are effective at boosting heart health as they are rich in flavonoids; specifically a sub-set called anthocyanins. Anthocyanins appear to help in dilating the arteries, and help remove plaque build-up along the arterial walls. This provides a clear path for blood to flow through, effectively lessening the risk of a heart attack. A heart attack is the result of blocked blood flow as it runs through the heart muscles. The most common cause of heart attack is coronary heart disease, where plaque gathers throughout the coronary arteries supplying blood flow and oxygen to the heart. The study followed nearly 94,000 women registered with the Nurses’ Health Study II where their health habits and diet were strictly followed. There were a total of 402 heart attacks throughout the study period. Women who took in strawberries and blueberries showed a 32 percent lower risk of heart attack than women who ate small amounts of the berries in comparison to their intake of other fruits and vegetables. Strawberries and blueberries are easily accessible all year long and the small diet tweak can mean the difference between life and death. Plus, they are delicious and make an excellent snack for any woman with a sweet-tooth.   Sources: Counsel & Heal - WebMD - CBS - Health -
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