This berry is considered a superfood and for good reason. It has benefits for your heart along with many other health benefits.
It is a weekly fruit that goes in our crisper and my kids eat them up regularly.
The berry I am talking about is Blueberries!
The reason this berry is so powerful is because it is loaded with polyphenols, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that keep your body healthy and fight off free radicals that damages your heart and can lead to various diseases.
Here is the whopper of a benefit though and why it is so powerful for a healthy heart.
A recent research study has shown a 32% decrease in heart attack risk when women ate blueberries and strawberries 3x a week.
The antioxidant power of blueberries has been confirmed in numerous studies that they may improve blood pressure along with brain and eye health.
A new study has shown that it may help improve the endothelial function of your heart.
This is important because poor endothelial function means the artery walls of your heart are stiff and may increase your risk of heart disease or a heart attack.
The scientists took 44 adults and separated them into two different groups. One group drank a blueberry shake twice a day of six weeks. The other group consumed a placebo shake twice a day of six weeks.
What the researchers found was that those in the blueberry shake group showed significant increases and improvement n endothelial function.
Researchers have also noted this:
“Epidemiological studies suggest that increased consumption of anthocyanins lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), the most common cause of mortality among men and women.
Anthocyanins frequently interact with other phytochemicals, exhibiting synergistic biological effects but making contributions from individual components difficult to decipher. Over the past 2 decades, many peer-reviewed publications have demonstrated that in addition to their noted in vitro antioxidant activity, anthocyanins may regulate different signaling pathways involved in the development of CVD.”
This is just another reason to add blueberries into your diet on a consistent basis. It is low in calories, high in fiber and now research is showing that it may have beneficial effects on your heart.
If you want to possibly improve your heart health and possibly lower your risk for heart disease then include blueberries into your daily diet.
Here is an infographic on the Top 11 reasons why you should be eating more blueberries.
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Cassidy A1, Mukamal KJ, Liu L, Franz M, Eliassen AH, Rimm EB. High anthocyanin intake is associated with a reduced risk of myocardial infarction in young and middle-aged women. Circulation. 2013 Jan 15;127(2):188-96. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.112.122408.
Mary Ann Lila. Anthocyanins and Human Health: An In Vitro Investigative Approach. J Biomed Biotechnol. 2004 Dec 1; 2004(5): 306–313.