Heart Attack RiskIn alternative medicine, both traditional and modern, berries like grapes, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries have been very highly valued for their numerous nutritional benefits and therapeutic effects. All of the edible berries are considered very valuable sources of minerals, vitamins and other essential nutrients, and by consuming organic berries we can enrich our body with those nutrients, support our health and prevent numerous ailments and diseases. Berries are also rich in tannins, lycopens, anthocyannis, but mostly they are valued for their high content of natural antioxidants and polyphenols known for their excellent anti-aging and anti-cancer properties. That is why a regular consumption of organic berries in small amounts is considered one of the best and most recommended natural ways to prevent cancer, slow down the effects of oxidative stress and prevent premature aging of our body cells. The effects of berries are being studied extensively by many scientific groups around the world, and the findings of one of the relevant researchers were recently published.

A group of scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston suggest all modern women consuming blueberries and strawberries at least three times a week in order to substantially reduce their heart attack risk, especially in a long-term perspective. The scientists came to the mentioned conclusions after analyzing the information collected on about 93,600 modern American women aged between 25 and 42 collected for over 18 years. Maximum attention was paid to their diet and eating habits, and the scientists have found the links between consuming blueberries and strawberries and lower heart attack risk. Blueberries And StrawberriesMore detailed analysis has shown that the mentioned effects can be achieved due to a high content of dietary flavonoids in berries, the same ones which can be found in red wine, cocoa beans, and other known powerful natural antioxidant sources. These very antioxidants have a variety of health benefits, and cardiovascular health support is one of the most important and valuable of those.

According to the report published earlier this month in the journal Circulation, by consuming moderate amounts of the berries high in natural antioxidants it is possible to reduce heart disease risk for up to 32 per cent. Those results were received by comparing the information and the facts of those female participants who reported consuming blueberries and strawberries not less than three times a week and the information on those participants who reported eating organic berries not more than one-two times a month. At that, it is very interesting that, according to the researchers, it does not matter much what else we eat and what kind of diet we’re following.It is reported that even those participants who reported following a healthy diet and consumed plenty of organic fruit and vegetables but avoided berries were more likely to suffer from heart attack and were not in the group to enjoy the reduced heart attack risk.

Blueberries and strawberries can easily be incorporated into what women eat every week,” said Professor Eric Rimm, one of the authors of the study and an expert from  the Harvard School of Public Health. “This simple dietary change could have a significant impact on prevention efforts,” he continues. Moreover, according to Professor Aedín Cassidy, a study co-author, those women who consume plenty of organic berries in their early ages can still benefit from the mentioned effects of organic natural antioxidants in their later life. It is specifically underlined in the report about the study that other factors known as cardiovascular problem stimulating factors (including having elevated blood pressure, smoking, being overweight, leading a sedentary lifestyle and suffering from a lack of physical activities, etc.) do not cancel the newly discovered effects of consuming blueberries and strawberries. Those who want to learn more about the research of Harvard School experts and find more information about the objectives and methods of the study can check out the report in this webpage.

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