Eating blueberries every day may prevent heart disease

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In a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that eating a cup of blueberries a day reduces risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

They found that eating 150g of blueberries daily reduces the risk of heart disease by up to 15%.

They say that blueberries and other berries should be included in dietary strategies to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease — particularly among at-risk groups.

The study is from the University of East Anglia and Harvard. One author is Prof Aedin Cassidy.

In the study, the team examined whether eating blueberries had any effect on Metabolic Syndrome — a condition, affecting 1/3 of westernized adults.

It comprises at least three of the following risk factors: high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, low levels of ‘good cholesterol’ and high levels of triglycerides.

Having Metabolic syndrome significantly increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes and often statins and other medications are prescribed to help control this risk.

The team tested the effects of eating blueberries daily in 138 overweight and obese people, aged between 50 and 75, with Metabolic Syndrome.

They looked at the benefits of eating 150-gram portions (one cup) compared to 75-gram portions (half a cup). The participants consumed the blueberries in freeze-dried form.

The researchers found that eating one cup of blueberries per day resulted in sustained improvements in vascular function and arterial stiffness — making enough of a difference to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by between 12% and 15%.

They say the simple and attainable message is to consume one cup of blueberries daily to improve heart health.

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