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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lower Your Risk of Heart Attacks by Eating Berries

In a recent study published before the Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, it claimed that eating three or more servings of berries in a week could lessen the risk of heart attacks by as much as one-third.

The researchers explained that brightly-colored berries like strawberries and blackberries contain high levels of flavonoids, which is a dietary supplement that is also commonly found in grapes, eggplants and other vegetables.

The study was a result of an 18-year regular monitoring of the dietary habits of 93,600 women aged 25 to 42. Subsequently, researchers found out that the women who consumed the most amounts of berries on a regular basis had a 32 percent lower risk of heart attack.

In a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart attack is the number one killer of women in the United States and that approximately 300,000 were killed due to heart-related diseases in 2009. Unfortunately, many of the said cases were without any previous signs and symptoms of heart ailments.

Meanwhile, researchers are further trying to find new ways to reduce the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other severe and disabling diseases.

In a statement released by a Los Angeles social security disability firm, it reminded people that although eating berries has been clinically proven to reduce the risk of heart attacks, still, it would not totally prevent the disease. Therefore, people need to take extra precautions particularly in their lifestyles and current health conditions that may later add to the risk of heart attacks and eventually lead to permanent disability and even death.