Women, particularly, might particularly benefit from a generous intake of blueberries and strawberries, according to a study reported in the NY Times today. As a correlation, not an intentional study with an intervention, the science is not a perfect confirmation, but rather a suggestion. What I do with such a suggestion is wonder what else I know about berries? Rich in anti-oxidants besides the one credited in the study (anthocyanin, which may help lower blood pressure), low in carbohydrates, and easy to grow in small back-yard gardens: what's not to love?
Following more than 100,000 women for almost 20 years, those eating the most berries (the top 20% of berry lovers, three or more servings a week), had 32% fewer heart attacks.
What else makes a heart healthy diet? Abundant enjoyment of cold-water fish, rich in Omega 3's, and fish oil, healthiest in Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil. Keep your vitamin D levels normal. Do some high intensity exercise a couple times a week, and get enough sleep!