A new study reveals good news for fans of blues and reds—berries that is! Findings from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston link eating your strawberries and blueberries to lowering the risk of heart attack for women.
The study polled the dietary habits of 93,600 American women, ranging in ages from 25 to 42-years-old, every four years, over an 18-year period. Researchers noted that women who consumed high quantities of anthocyanins—a compound found primarily in strawberries and blueberries—reduced their risk of heart attack by 32-percent compared to those women who consumed low amounts of the compounds.
It should be noted that 405 heart attacks were reported during the duration of the study, and that researchers did take into account study participants who had high blood pressure, high body mass index, inactivity, smoking, alcohol consumption, and other factors that could influence a heart disease.
The study found that a diet high in anthocyanins reduced the risk of high blood pressure because it caused the arteries to dilate, helping prevent plaque buildup.
Dr. Andrew Freeman, a cardiologist at the National Jewish Health Center Hospital in Denver, recommends a plant-based diet to reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems, and linked an anthocyanin-rich diet with a healthier standard of living.
In addition to strawberries and blueberries, high sources of anthocyanins can also be consumed in blackberries, eggplant, and grapes.
Source: Fox News