Every fall, bushes and trees around the US start to offer their berries to passing birds. But these little capsules of healthy molecules are also useful for people who are interested in keeping a healthy heart.
Researchers found that berries could offer significant cardiovascular health benefits. To quote the research paper published by the US National Institutes of Health: “For both strawberries and blueberries, the significant reduction in relative risk was associated with at least once per week consumption.”
You might be interested to know that the muscadine is America’s strongest grape for the polyphenols resveratrol, ellagic acid and quercetin … all of which have potential health benefits. An extract from the NIH research is published below.
Berries are low in calories and are high in moisture and fiber. They contain natural antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, andmicronutrients such as folic acid, calcium, selenium, alpha and beta carotene, and lutein. Phytochemicals found in berries include polyphenols along with high proportions of flavonoids including anthocyanins and ellagitannins.
Studies have also reported specific associations between berries or berry flavonoids (anthocyanins) and cardiovascular health. Data reported from the Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study (KIHD) showed a significantly lower risk of CVD-related deaths among 1,950 men in the highest quartile of berry intake (>408 g/day) versus men with the lowest intake (<133 g/day) during a mean follow-up of 12.8 years.
Post-menopausal women (n = 34,489) participating in the Iowa Women’s Health Study, showed a significant reduction in CVD mortality associated with strawberry intake during a 16-year follow-up period. In the case of blueberries, an age- and energy-adjusted model showed a significant decrease in coronary heart disease mortality, though the significance did not persist following adjustment for other confounding variables.
For both strawberries and blueberries, the significant reduction in relative risk was associated with at least once per week consumption. The data also reported that a mean anthocyanin intake of 0.2 mg/day was associated with a significantly reduced risk of CVD mortality in these postmenopausal women.
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