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Strawberries, blueberries may decrease risk of heart attack in women

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—Eating strawberries and blueberries not only taste good but could have important health benefits.

A new study published by the American Heart Association found eating three or more servings of these strawberries and blueberries every week may reduce a woman's risk of heart attack by one-third; a serving is about one cup.

Berries have antioxidants and flavonoids that decrease inflammation in a woman's heart and can dilate arteries to counter the build up of plaque.

"Blueberries and strawberries are very easy to add into your diet," Gina Dolenti, Registered Dietician, Gundersen Lutheran said. "You can add them to yogurt and granola for breakfast in the morning. Top them on your pancakes or waffles with fat free or low fat topping and on salads with nuts and cheese.

Dolenti said rather than just eating more berries you should eat a well balanced diet.

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