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A Cup of Blueberries Cuts Blood Pressure: Study

By    |   Thursday, 08 January 2015 04:50 PM

Just one cup of blueberries a day can reduce your blood pressure and heart-damaging hardening of the arteries, according to new research out of Florida State University.
 
The new study, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tracked 48 postmenopausal women with hypertension, or on the verge of developing it to determine how functional foods that have a positive impact on health beyond basic nutrition — such as blueberries — can prevent and reverse bad health.
 
For eight weeks, the women were randomly assigned to receive either 22 grams of freeze-dried blueberry powder — the equivalent to one cup of fresh blueberries — or 22 grams of a placebo powder.
 
At the end of the study, those given the blueberry powder on average had a 5 percent drop in systolic blood pressure — the top number in blood pressure readings, which measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats. They also had a 6.3 percent reduction in diastolic blood pressure — the bottom number measuring the pressure in the arteries between heartbeats.
 
In addition, the blueberry group had an average reduction of 6.5 percent in arterial stiffness and a significant increase in nitric oxide, a blood biomarker known to be involved in the widening of blood vessels, which can lead to reductions in blood pressure.
 
"Our findings suggest that regular consumption of blueberries could potentially delay the progression of prehypertension to hypertension, therefore reducing cardiovascular disease risk," said Sarah A. Johnson, assistant director of the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging at Florida State.
 
Johnson noted cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

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