Strawberries, blueberries protect heart
Think of them as natural and delicious stents. Research from the Harvard School of Public Health has found that three servings of blueberries and strawberries each week could cut a woman’s risk of heart attack by about a third.
Heart attacks are a caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries that hinders the flow of blood to the heart. The particular variety of flavonoids found in blueberries and strawberries can actually help to dilate the arteries and counteract that plaque buildup.
Researchers chose blueberries and strawberries for the study simply because they are popular fruits and easily incorporated into a balanced diet. Other fruits could have similar artery-dilating effects.