Entries in Blueberries (2)


'Berry' Good Diets Are Beneficial for Heart Health

Photodisc/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Doctors have long advised patients to add helpings of berries to their diets for the antioxidants. Now researchers say berries can be good for the heart.

A new study has found that women who eat at least three servings of blueberries and strawberries a week can reduce the risk of a heart attack by 32 percent. The berries contain plenty of compounds called anthocyanins, which researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health say may dilate arteries and cut plaque build-up.

The researchers looked at almost 94,000 American women ages 25 to 42. They found that 405 heart attacks had been reported by the participants, who answered questions about their diets every four years for 18 years.

The findings were published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

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Blueberry Extract Stops Growth of Fat Cells

Ryan McVay/Photodisc(DENTON, Texas) -- Researchers at Texas Woman’s University report that they were able to stop fat cells from multiplying when chemicals derived from blueberries were poured onto the fat cells of mice in a Petri dish.

Authors of the study suggest that blueberries could be used in the fight against obesity, but according to ABC News medical experts, the researchers’ interpretation of the data is overstated, as the chemicals involved are not limited to blueberries and because what happens chemically in a Petri dish says almost nothing about what would actually happen in humans.

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