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A round-up of VT editors’ favorite links this week.
A new study finds eating blueberries and strawberries three times a week may lower a woman’s risk of heart attack. That’s ’cause the beloved fruits contain heart-healthy antioxidants called anthocyanins, also found in grapes and wine. Berries out of season? Blend frozen strawberries and blueberries into a smoothie any time of year. (We also like adding apple, banana, and spinach.) [Science Daily]
Want more exercise? Gardening can provide some of the same benefits as going to the gym: turning a compost pile is like lifting weights, carrying a watering can in each hand stands in for hoisting dumbbells, raking ressembles using a rowing machine. As a bonus, you save on gym membership. [Washington Post]
The yak is back! According to a recent count, wild yak are no longer close to extinction, thanks in part to conservation efforts. The giant shaggy-looking animals live in the remote alpine meadows of the Tibetan Plateau. [Environmental News Network]
Read this convincing account of why baking soda and apple cider vinegar make the best shampoo and conditioner. Trying it over the weekend. Sorry for vinegar-y smell on Monday, co-workers! [Grist]