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Monday, 28 January 2013

Strawberries Reduce risk of heart attack

That Researchers from Harvard in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

The researchers looked at data from 93,600 women aged 25-42 years. They filled for 18 years every four years in a questionnaire about their eating habits.

During the study, 405 participants a heart attack . The women who ate the most blueberries and strawberries, were 32 percent lower risk of heart attack than women who ate berries at most once a month. 

The researchers adjusted for factors that could skew the results such as age, hypertension, BMI, exercise, smoking, alcohol consumption and the incidence of heart attacks in the family.

 Flavonoids

 Blueberries and strawberries, but also grapes, eggplant and other fruits and vegetables, contain many flavonoids. The researchers specifically looked blueberries and strawberries, because they are much eaten in the United States. A particular variant of flavonoids, anthocyanidin, has a beneficial effect on the heart and blood vessels. They dilate the veins and may prevent the formation of fatty deposits in the arteries (plaque).

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