Study shows antioxidants could help reduce heart attacks in women

By WEEK Producer
By NBC News

Study shows antioxidants could help reduce heart attacks in women

October 9, 2012 Updated Oct 9, 2012 at 1:10 PM CDT

HAGALUND, Sweden-- Eating foods rich in antioxidants may help prevent heart attacks in women.

Swedish researchers followed over 30,000 women, tracking their diet and medical history.

After ten years, women who consumed the most antioxidants were 20 percent less likely to have had a heart attack than those who ate the least.

Most of the antioxidants came from fruits and vegetables, but other sources were whole grains, coffee, and chocolate.

Researchers note that women with the highest antioxidant levels also ate fewer fatty foods and were less likely to smoke.

This study was led by researchers at Karolinska Institute and published in 'The American Journal
of Medicine'.

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