Health Tips: Berries Show Heart-Boosting Power for Women

Here’s a reason to love fruits more than ever. Three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries per week may slash a woman’s risk of a heart attack by as much as 33 percent, says a new study from Harvard.

The benefits are attributed to the anthocyanin content of the berries, which may help dilate arteries, counter the buildup of plaque, and provide other cardiovascular benefits. These anthocyanins are also found in many other fruits and berries, so the cardiovascular benefits are not just from eating blueberries and strawberries. Scientists from the United Kingdom recently reported that increased intakes of anthocyanins may reduce blood vessel hardening and improve overall heart health as well.