Do Blueberries, Strawberries and Onions Reduce Heart Attack Risk?
Posted: January 21, 2013 Diane Sawyer, of ABC News, is intrigued by a study released earlier this month by the Journal of American Heart Association. The report highlighted the role of blueberries and strawberries in reducing the risk of heart attack in women. Ms. Sawyer also reported, "Individuals who eat onions five times a week lower their risk of heart attack by 73 percent."
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According to the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of East Anglia (United Kingdom) study, women who ate the most blueberries and strawberries had a 32 percent reduction in the risk of heart attack compared to women who ate the berries once a month or less.
Blueberries and strawberries contain high levels of compounds that have cardiovascular benefits. Specifically, they have dietary flavonoids. According to the study, there is a specific sub-class of flavonoids (anthocyanins) that may help dilate arteries, counter plaque build-up and provide other cardiovascular benefits.
At UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, we have experts from several specialties working together including dieticians. We understand it takes a multi-disciplinary team to provide you with the highest level of care. Below, you will find a few tips from our dieticians on several foods for healthy eating:
Spinach - Spinach is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and a variety of phytochemicals that protect your heart from heart disease.
Oatmeal - Research shows that oats help lower cholesterol levels and reduce your risk for heart disease.
Salmon - This cold water fish is packed with omega -3 fatty acids that benefit your heart, and more.
Soy Protein - Soy protein helps lower triglycerides and prevents cardiovascular disease.
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