While eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables is good for overall health, gobbling down a few more berries every week may give you a heart healthy bonus!
A new study recently found that eating three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries per week may help reduce the risk of a heart attack.
During the study, participants completed questionnaires about their diets every 4 years for 18 years. Researchers found that those who ate the most berries cut their risk of heart attack by almost one-third!
Blueberries and strawberries naturally contain high levels of flavonoids, a type of antioxidant, which may help counter the buildup of plaque in the arteries and provide other heart health benefits.
So if you’re hard at work planning out your summer crop, consider adding some of these bite sized heart-helpers to your garden.
Strawberries and blueberries are relatively simple to grow. Just a little water, soil and plenty of sunshine will have them sprouting up in no time!
Berries are easy for even the youngest gardeners to pick and gather. They also add to the overall lush and beauty of a garden and make a great kid-friendly snack! Don’t be surprised if you start to notice little fingers and lips stained red and blue from constant snacking!
Visit the American Heart Association’s nutrition center for more information about healthy eating.