Researchers have found that women who eat 3 or more servings of strawberries and blueberries a week have a lower possible risk of heart attack. Strawberries and blueberries contain high levels of flavonoids, which includes one particular sub-class of flavonoid, anthocyanins that may help with the dilation of arteries, counter the buildup of plaque and provide other cardiovascular benefits.
The research that made this discovery was conducted over a period of 18 years and included over 93,000 women. The lead author and head of the Department of Nutrition at Norwich Medical School of the University of East Anglia in Norwich, United Kingdom, Aedín Cassidy, Ph.D., had this to say about the results, “We have shown that even at an early age, eating more of these fruits may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life.”
Adding these berries into our diet should be easy. Fresh is always better, but where and when not available, try to incorporate them in as you can.
More information about this study and the results can be found in this article from the American Heart Association.