Strawberries Could Prevent Heart Attacks
Routine consumption of strawberries and blueberries every day to prevent heart attacks. At least according to experts from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.
In women, regular consumption of fruits can reduce the risk of heart attack up to three times.
Experts believe that these benefits come from the flavonoid content in berries, which serves to fight the blockage in the artery.
Flavonoids are antioxidant components found in plants such as leaf tea and red wine.
Flavonoids may protect the body from various kinds of diseases, including hypertension, heart disease, some cancers, and dementia.
Based on a study of 93,600 female nurses in the United States, those who consume strawberries and blueberries, at least three servings a week, have a reduced risk of heart attack by 32 percent compared with women who consumed one serving of berries a month or even less.
“This simple diet has a significant impact on the prevention of heart disease,” said one senior scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Dr. Eric Rimm, as quoted from dailymail.
The scientists also believe that the protective effect was associated with anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid, which works to help open up the arteries, and against the formation of fatty deposits on artery walls.
They also stated that the risk factors for heart disease are also associated with age, high blood pressure, body mass, lack of exercise, smoking, caffeine and alcohol consumption, as well as family health history can affect.
“However, more research is needed to understand the relationship between health berries. We need to know more, in order to provide recommendations on fruit related to the prevention of heart disease,” said Expert Senior Diet of the British Heart Foundation, Victoria Taylor .
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