Cardiovascular Disease

Blueberry Boost

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While not able to cure Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases, eating blueberries certainly has its benefits. Studies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rutgers Blueberry and Cranberry Research Center suggests the fruit ranks very high in antioxidant capacity, can help ward off urinary tract infections, lowers the risk of blood clots, and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Though positive research does exist regarding its success at lowering dementia-type illnesses, most of the research has only been conducted on rodents.

Taking Tennis to Heart

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Andre Agassi or Serena Williams you may not be, but according to the American Journal of Medicine, the value of playing tennis through middle age is invaluable to a healthy heart. A study of 1,000 men who played tennis during their 20s and who continued on through their 40s, 50s and 60s found that only 12 percent had developed cardiovascular disease during the follow-up period of 40 years compared to 28 percent of non-tennis players.