Berries again shown to protect against heart disease

Berries again shown to protect against heart disease

How could I not blog this today given I am with my mum in Cheviot and eating her stunning fresh blueberries and strawberries straight off the plants?!

Women who consumed the most blueberries and strawberries had a 32% reduced risk of heart attack compared to the women who ate berries once a month or less.  These fruits contain high levels of anthocyanins.  Anthocyanins provide the red, blue, and purple colours found in fruits and vegetables.  They are powerful antioxidants that are found in plants that protect and repair cells from damage.  

“Substances naturally present in red/blue colored fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of a heart attack 32% in young and middle-aged women.  These foods can be readily incorporated into diets and simple dietary changes could have an impact in reducing risk of heart disease in younger women.  This supports growing lab data showing that these compounds can help keep arteries healthy and flexible”
Study author Aedin Cassidy, PhD, University of East Anglia.

“The findings echo those of other studies showing that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is linked with lower heart disease”
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, director of the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles.

“Although we know about the effects of antioxidants and flavonoids, it is interesting to look at their effects in such a large group of women over a long period of time.  If you are eating these early in life, you’re getting benefits that last for life.  When we’re making choices in our 20s, we may think that a burger and fries is great, but the message is that there are alternatives that make a difference for the rest of your life.  It is a powerful message that we can prevent cardiovascular disease by what we eat”
Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, director of women and heart disease at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.

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Posted: Wednesday 16 January 2013