A new study is showing evidence of reduced heart attacks among women who ate at least 3 servings of strawberries or blueberries per week. A cup of raw strawberries contains only 50 calories yet research is saying it’s jam-packed with disease-preventing nutrients.
Strawberries and blueberries are becoming known to contain a powerhouse of beneficial nutrients for us. This study takes a look at Anthocyanins, which are antioxidant compounds called flavonoids. The colors of red, orange, violet hues, these come from anthocyanins and are now being singled out as important for our overall health as demonstrated from this study and others.
Decreased Heart Attack Risk With 3 Servings Per Week
This new analysis comes from the Harvard School of Public Health where the researchers used data from an 18 year look at 93,600 women ages 25-42, known as the Nurses Health Study II. The purpose to was determine if there was a relationship between the amount of anthocyanins and other flavonoid intake and the risk of heart attack. The women were considered healthy at the beginning of the study and were asked to fill out food questionnaires every 4 years. Over the course of the study, 405 heart attacks were reported.
The researchers compared women who ate various servings of berries per week or month. The data shows a 33% decrease in heart attacks among those who ate at least 3 servings per week of berries versus those who ate one serving per month or less. Dr. Aedín Cassidy, the lead researcher said, “We have shown that even at an early age, eating more of these fruits may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life.”
Reduce Blood Pressure by 12%
The scientists believe the anthocyanins are responsible for the lower heart attacks not only from the results of this latest study but also from others that have come before. In 2011, research from the UK’s University of East Anglia Medical School studied 87,242 men and women over a 14 year period. During that time frame, those who had the highest consumption of anthocyanins – mostly from eating blueberries and strawberries – were 8% less likely to have high blood pressure when compared to those with the least anthocyanin intake. Additionally, participants who were less than 60 years old had a 12% reduced risk of hypertension.
Juice Your Berries. It’s Simple!
From a juicing perspective, it’s very easy to incorporate berries into your diet by simply putting a handful into your PowerGrind Pro juicer while making your juice combos. Strawberries taste great in just about any veggie juice recipe. Adding berries while making almond milk, orange juice or other fruit drinks is also very tasty and easy to do.
Another idea is simply to replace pie and cake desserts with a bowl of sliced strawberries and bananas. What I like to do is freeze a banana, (remove peel before freezing) then slice the frozen banana over strawberries. Add some shredded unsweetened coconut for a very nutritious and delicious dessert.