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Blueberries and Strawberries Reduce Heart Attack Risk in Middle-Aged Women

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  • Women who eat more than three servings per week of blueberries and strawberries had a 32 percent lower risk of having a heart attack, according to new research.
  • The benefit was attributed to flavonoids in the berries known as anthocyanins, which are antioxidants that give the fruits their red and purple colors; anthocyanins are known to benefit the endothelial lining of the circulatory system, possibly preventing plaque buildup in arteries as well as promoting healthy blood pressure.
  • Fruit can be immensely beneficial to your health, as it’s a natural source of fiber, vitamins and antioxidants -- but is also contains fructose, which is harmful to your health if consumed in excess; fruit should be consumed in moderation, especially if you’re overweight or have heart disease, cancer or type 2 diabetes.
  • Berries are among the healthiest fruits you can eat, others include coconuts, avocados, pomegranate, pineapple, kiwifruit and cherries.

By Dr. Mercola

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