Berries May Protect the Heart

May 1, 2013 at 3:58 pm Leave a comment

Here is yet another good reason to make sure you get your five-a-day and enjoy a wide variety of fruit and vegetables. Eating large quantities of strawberries and blueberries may cut the risk of heart attacks in young and middle-aged women, according to a new study.

According to the study, those who ate three or more portions of the berries each week had almost a third reduction in the risk of a heart attack compared to women who ate them once a month or less.

Blueberries and strawberries contain high levels of naturally occurring compounds called dietary flavonoids, which may help dilate arteries, counter the build-up of plaque and provide other cardiovascular benefits.

Many other red or blue colored fruits and vegetables, such as blackcurrant, black grapes, eggplant, cranberries, raspberries, plums, cherries and in products produced from these, may be beneficial to heart health as well. But heart health experts caution about the evidence for linking specific types of fruit with a reduction in heart disease.

Source: WebMD

Entry filed under: Managing your health, Nutrition.

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