A new study showed that women who ate three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries every week for 20 years reduced their risk of heart disease. Women who are more likely to die from a heart attack than men according to recent research make this a major concern among women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is the reason behind one in every four female deaths. The study ton how blueberries and strawberries can reduce the risk can be found in the January 14, 2013 issue of the AHA’s journal under circulation.
Blueberries and strawberries are rich in antioxidants called flavonoids. Flavonoids can be found in grapes, wine, blackberries, eggplant and other fruits along with vegetables. The flavonoids called anthocyanins is said to help improve blood flow, stop the buildup of plaque and provide other health benefits. According to CBS, “Researchers surveyed 93,600 female nurses between 25 and 42 who were part of a long-running study in which nurses filled out questionnaires about their diets every four years for 18 years.
Out of the large study pool, only 405 heart attacks occurred. Women who ate the most blueberries and strawberries were found to be 32 percent less likely to have a heart attack, compared to women who ate berries once a month or less. That was found true even for women who ate diets rich in fruits and vegetables, but not those two berries.”
It’s proven that incorporating more fruits and vegetables in your diet does wonders for the body and improves overall health. Blueberries and strawberries can easily be incorporated into your diet. If you are not fond of these berries, than look for other fruits and vegetables that can give the same benefits.