Blueberries and strawberries contain high levels of naturally occurring compounds called dietary flavonoids – and, specifically the subclass of anthocyanins, which may help dilate arteries, counter the buildup of plaque, and provide other cardiovascular benefits. Eric Rimm, from Harvard School of Public Health (Massachusetts, USA), and colleagues analyzed data collected among g93,600 women, ages 25 to 42 years, enrolled in the Nurses' Health Study II. The women completed questionnaires about their diet every four years for 18 years. During the study, 405 heart attacks occurred. Women who ate the most blueberries and strawberries had a 32% reduction in their risk of heart attack, compared to women who ate the berries once a month or less – even in women who otherwise ate a diet rich in other fruits and vegetables. The study authors conclude that: “A high intake of anthocyanins may reduce [heart attack] risk in predominantly young women.”
Aedín Cassidy, Kenneth J. Mukamal, Lydia Liu, Mary Franz, A. Heather Eliassen, Eric B. Rimm. “High Anthocyanin Intake Is Associated With a Reduced Risk of Myocardial Infarction in Young and Middle-Aged Women” Circulation. 2013;127:188-196.
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#112 - Use In Case of Emergency
The American Red Cross recommends six basics you should stock for your home in the case of an emergency. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container (a covered trash container, a camping backpack or a duffle bag) that is kept in a readily accessible location (the guest closet or garage, for example).
Your Disaster Supplies Kit should include:
• Water: One gallon of water per person per day, keep at least a three-day supply of water per person.
• Food: A three-day supply of non-perishable food.
• First Aid Supplies: Including bandages, dressings, gloves, anti-bacterials, and non-prescription drugs (pain relievers, antacids, anti-diarrheals, etc); see the web resource below for a more thorough list
• Medications for health conditions
• Tools and emergency supplies
• Special items necessary for infants and elderly or disabled persons
• Copies of key family documents: birth certificates, marriage certificates, passports, drivers licenses, banking and credit card account numbers, insurance policies, health records, household inventory lists; continue reading for further details.