Three is the magic number. Women who eat three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries per week may reduce their risk of heart attack by one-third.

In collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health, researchers at the University of East Anglia found that these two berries have high levels of powerful bioactive compounds known as anthocyanins. These compounds may help dilate arteries, countering arterial plaque buildup. Time for a berry smoothie?

Alexandra Williams, MA

Alexandra Williams has taught fitness for 17 years and has a master’s degree in agency counseling, with an emphasis on marriage and family. Her professional training has forced her to scrutinize her own value system, especially as she attempts to raise ethical children. The author wishes to thank Jack Raglin and Jim Gavin for their helpful insights and suggestions.

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