London: Eating strawberries and blueberries all year round can cut the risk of heart attack by up to a third in women, a new study has claimed. Experts believe the benefits come from the high content of flavonoids in berry fruits, which appear to combat blocked arteries, the `Daily Mail` reported. Flavonoids are antioxidant compounds found in plants, as well as tea and red wine, which can protect against a wide range of diseases, including heart disease, hypertension, some cancers and dementia. The findings are from an ongoing study of nurses which involves only women, but may also apply to men, researchers said. The study involved 93,600 participants in the Nurses` Health Study II, a major US investigation of women`s health. Women aged 25 to 42 completed questionnaires about their diet while their health was monitored over 18 years.
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