Blueberries Lower Heart Attack Risk for Women

on Monday, April 29, 2013.

According to new research, including blue and red fruits and vegetables into your daily diet rotation could help to lower risk of heart attack.  This research published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, showed that women in the study who ate these berries – such as blueberries - most often had a 32 percent lower heart attack risk than women who only ate the berries once a month, or not at all.

“We have shown that even at an early age, eating more of these fruits may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life," study researcher Aedín Cassidy, Ph.D., the head of the Department of Nutrition at Norwich Medical School of the University of East Anglia in the U.K., said in a statement.

My family has been eating whole foods as part of a traditional diet for several years now.  It has been a learning experience, and I continue to educate myself about the foods we eat and even about the importance preparation has in certain foods.  And while there are many “diets” out there that restrict this or that, or even better, prescribe that you eat certain foods at certain times in certain quantities, I take the stance of eating all REAL foods - not processed foods - in moderation. I believe REAL foods each have benefits that our bodies need and work in concert with each other.  So, while I don’t eat foods just because of their health benefits, I do believe that each REAL food has a health benefit to offer.  In my opinion, food IS medicine and can be the first line of defense against illness.  We can all agree that eating a healthy diet is the first key to wellness.

Some foods even have healing properties. But, that doesn’t mean I load up on one food because of its qualities.  Moderation is key to all foods, I believe.  I like this quote from Michael Pollan, and it has become my own mantra, “Eat foods, not too much, mostly plants.”

So we’ll keep on enjoying our bowl of oatmeal in the morning with a drizzle of local honey and a handful of fresh Georgia blueberries.  Maybe it will lower my risk of heart attack, maybe not.  But, one thing is for sure: whole food tastes delicious!

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Comments (1)

  • Susan
    Susan
    30 April 2013 at 09:20 |

    Thanks for this inspirationn.

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