Professor Eric Rimm's
findings about these life saving berries was published in the journal titled Circulation
. Rimm claims that "Blueberries and strawberries can easily be incorporated into what women eat every week. This simple dietary change could have a significant impact on prevention efforts."
Blueberries and strawberries contain high levels of plant compounds known as flavonoids. Dietary flavonoids can potentially expand blood vessels thus countering the build up of plague which creates a blockade in the coronary arteries. Eventually this may lead to heart attacks.
Research shows that women who ate the most blueberries and strawberries had a 32 percent reduction in the risk of having a heart attack when compared to women who eat these berries once a month or less.
Rimm explains that the flavonoids contained in strawberries and blueberries are common, so the same health benefits can be acquire from consuming other vegetables and fruits.
For example, apples contain a flavonoid called Quercetin. Quercetin
is a flavonoid that has proven to reduce cancer risk, prevent heart attacks, stave off cataracts, control asthma, prevent reccurent goat attacks, and speed healing from acid reflux. So it is true when they say an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Rimm says that these berries must be consumed three or more times a week in order to have the risk of heart disease cut by a third.