Strawberries and blueberries for heart health

A large new study published in Circulation has found that a diet high in strawberries and blueberries can reduce heart attack risk in women. The study followed almost 100,000 25-42 year old women for 18 years. The researchers found that women who ate three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week were 34% less likely to have a heart attack than women who ate less.  Blueberries and strawberries have a high concentration of a flavonid called anthocyanin, a powerful antioxidant which may lower blood pressure and reduce arterial inflammation. Other berries were not found to reduce heart attack risk.

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