Circulation, the official journal of The American Heart Association, has published that women who indulge themselves in consuming no less than three servings of berries every week have a higher possibility of lowering the risk of a heart attack. This is due to the fact that berries, namely strawberries and blueberries, contain significant levels of an organic compound that is relatively popular in providing cardiovascular advantages.
What’s in the berries?
Strawberries and blueberries are rich in a natural compound known as dietary flavonoids. Apart from the two berries mentioned, dietary flavonoids are also present in blackberries, grapes, eggplants, and particular fruits and veggies. Dietary flavonoids have a subclass called anthocyanins that aid in dilating arteries and preventing plaque buildup.
How the study was made?
During the process, there were more than 93,000 women aged 25-42 who participated. They were asked to register to the Nurses’ Health Study II and were provided with questionnaires wherein they have to answer a series of queries regarding their diet for the past 18 years. The conclusion provided 405 heart attacks. However, for those women who have bountiful servings of berries in their daily diet, they were found to have a whopping 32% decrease in the risk of heart attack occurrence.
Researchers and scientists who are responsible for the study came from the University of East Anglia in the UK and the Harvard School of Public Health in the US.
Incorporating berries in daily routine
According to Associate Professor Eric Rimm of the Harvard School of Public Health in Massachusetts, mixing berries, specifically blueberries and strawberries in a woman’s daily eating routine can provide a healthier effect on her body, especially on the heart. While strawberries and blueberries were used in the study mainly for the reason that they are considered to be the most eaten forms of berries in the US, there are also other sources of dietary flavonoids.
Action of berries
Berries don’t just guard the heart it also prevents certain elements to culminate inside the body like plaques which can clog the arteries caused by cigarette smoking, fat, bad cholesterol, and toxins. Plaques, if untreated, multiply around the arteries, hardens and eventually, as it grows, it narrows the pathway of circulating blood thus, the distribution of oxygenated blood inside the system is compromised. This is now the cause of major heart diseases and other complications that is detrimental to human survival.
Aside from being a good source of dietary flavonoids, berries are also well-known for being one of the best anti-oxidants and are also great sources of vitamin C, niacin, folate, riboflavin, copper, magnesium, manganese and potassium. No wonder the American Heart Association is advocating the integration of berries as a part of everyone’s diet, and that does not exclude men.