High Anthocyanin Intake and Heart Attack Risk Reduction
Updated: Feb 26, 2020
According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States (1 in 4 deaths). It’s also the leading cause of death for women in the United States (1 in 5 deaths), making it an important issue in women’s health. (cdc.gov.)
This study followed 93,600 women (25–42 years old) from the Nurses’ Health Study II over an 18-year period. The purpose of the study was to examine the relationship between anthocyanins and other flavonoids and the risk of myocardial infarctions, also known as heart attacks.
Flavonoids, a diverse group of phytonutrients, are widely available in many plant-based foods including a variety of fruits and vegetables. Previous studies have shown that purple corn is high in anthocyanins, one of the many sub-classes of flavonoids.
The study concluded that a high intake of anthocyanins may reduce heart attack risk in predominantly young women. The greatest reduction in heart attack risk was 32%. For every 15mg increase in anthocyanin intake, the relative risk of heart attack decreased by 17%.
Read the full study here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3762447/