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HHS HealthBeat (February 20, 2013)

Blueberries and strawberries

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Researchers think blueberries and strawberries may be good for the heart. They saw this in 18 years of data on 93,600 U.S. women ages 25 to 42. Women who had three or more servings a week had a one-third lower risk of heart attack.

The berries have flavonoids, which can help to counter changes in the arteries that can lead to heart attacks. At the University of East Anglia in England, Aedin Cassidy says other fruits and vegetables also have flavonoids:

“If you add more red and blue colored fruits and vegetables to your normal diet, you can reduce your risk of having a heart attack. Start incorporating these berries into your weekly shop.”

The study in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association was supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: March 20, 2013