How women can cut their risk of having a heart attack by one-third
January 26, 2013
Volume 3 | Issue 07
Imagine the headlines: "New drug cuts women's risk of heart attack by 32%!" That's what you would see if a drug could produce such a cut in risk. But so far, the drug companies haven't been able to match wits with the Creator. That's right! God gave us a very simple and quite tasty way to avoid heart attacks.
The proof came in a recent study of 93,600 women nurses over 18 years. That's a pretty impressive number of participants and length of study. And they published their findings in the journal Circulation
– a prestigious cardiac publication. So it wasn't hidden from the media. Even though the mainstream media won't pay much attention to the study, we will.
In this study, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health looked at the ability of a specific sub-class of flavonoids, called anthocyanins, to prevent heart attacks. During those 18 years, 405 women had a heart attack. The researchers found that those eating the most anthocyanins had the fewest heart attacks. In fact, their risk was 32% lower than those who ate the flavonoids once a month or less.
So where can you find anthocyanins? In berries, such as strawberries and blueberries. The study's lead author, Dr. Eric Rimm said, "Blueberries and strawberries can easily be incorporated into what women eat every week... this simple dietary change could have a significant impact on prevention efforts."
To prove that the effect on heart attacks came from berries, the researchers did not see the same results in women who ate a diet rich in other fruits and vegetables, but not berries.
So if you want to reduce your risk of heart attack, make sure you're eating plenty of berries. During this time of year, that can be expensive. We freeze as many as we can when they're in season. But we also use Advanced Greens Formula, which has loads of berries in it to make sure we're getting the protection we need through the winter. It's obvious from this study and many others that eating between three and five servings of fresh berries each week can dramatically lower your heart attack risk. And many of these studies show that the protection works as well for men as it does for women.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.