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Berries May Reduce Heart Attack Risk

Berries May Reduce Heart Attack Risk
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BOSTON (UPI) — Women who ate at least three servings of blueberries and strawberries per week had fewer heart attacks, U.S. and British researchers say.

Senior author Eric Rimm of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston said blueberries and strawberries were used simply because they are the most eaten berries in the United States.

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of East Anglia in England conducted a prospective study among 93,600 women ages 25 to 42, part of the Nurses’ Health Study II. The women completed questionnaires about their diet every four years for 18 years.

During the study, 405 heart attacks occurred.

The study, published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, found the women who ate the most blueberries and strawberries had a 32 percent reduction in their risk of heart attack compared to women who ate the berries once a month or less — even in women who otherwise ate a diet rich in other fruits and vegetables.

“Blueberries and strawberries contain high levels of compounds that have cardiovascular benefits,” Rimm said in a statement.

Blueberries and strawberries contain high levels of dietary flavonoids found in grapes and wine, blackberries, eggplant and other fruits and vegetables. A specific sub-class of flavonoids, called anthocyanins, might help dilate arteries, counter the buildup of plaque and provide other cardiovascular benefits, Rimm said.

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  • ibcamn

    awe,come on guys,not again!why do i always end up on these comment things alone??…me?i don’t like their taste,yuk….i have to put them in a pancake or something.

    • Bob W.

      I MAKE JELLY, JAM, AND PRESERVES FORM THEM, BUT MY WIFE LIKE TO EAT THEM RAW AND IN HER YOUGART, OR ON CEREAL. WE PICK OUR OWN WILD IN THE WOODS AND ALSO HAVE LOTS OF NEIGHBORS WHO GROW BERRYS AND FRUIT BUT ALLOW THEM TO GO TO WASTE, SO WE SIMPLY ASK FOR THEM AND MOST ARE GLAD FOR US TO HAVE THEM.
      I HAVE MADE IT PART OF MY PREPPING. LEARNING TO MAKE JELLY, JAM AND SUCH AND HOW TO CAN WHAT YOU MAKE IS GOOD PRACTICE FOR THE TIME WHEN WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RUN TO THE STORE FOR EVERYTHING.

  • Acushla

    Mg Foods prevents Heart attacks. It is so sad that white flour is an empty food with Mg processed from it . Mg foods has kept my heart healthy and active since 1995 after I had LP Gas poisoning at work.

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