Strawberries, Blueberries May Cut Heart Attack Risk in Women

Even women who late lots of other fruit and vegetables had more heart attacks than those who ate blueberries or strawberries three times a week.

Eating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries per week may help women reduce their risk of a heart attack by as much as one-third,...

"This simple dietary change could have a significant impact on prevention efforts."

Women who ate the most blueberries and strawberries had a 32-percent reduction in their risk of heart attack compared to women who ate the berries once a month or less -- even in women who otherwise ate a diet rich in other fruits and vegetables. "We have shown that even at an early age, eating more of these fruits may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life,...

The findings were independent of other risk factors, such as age, high blood pressure, family history of heart attack, body mass, exercise, smoking, caffeine or alcohol intake. [emphasis mine]

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