Blueberries and Blood Pressure

Studies completed by the University of East Anglia (UEA) as well as Harvard University have recently discovered that hypertension (high blood pressure) can be helped by eating blueberries. The report, published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that eating one or more servings of blueberries a week can help reduce your chances of developing hypertension by 10 percent.

Why do blueberries help with blood pressure?  Blueberries carry powerful antioxidants known as anthocyanins, and they are greatly known to decrease your risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.

The study was conducted with 134,000 women long with 47,000 men all without any signs of hypertension to start.  Questionnaires were filled out by the participants every 2 years about their dietary habits and research was analyzed about how the flavanoids affected their health. By the end of the study 35,000 participtants ended up developing hypertension. 

The research from the study revealed that the participants that consumed the most anthocyanins were the 8 times less likely to develop high blood pressure, while those who demonstrated specifically eating at least one serving of blueberries a week had a 10 percent less chance of developing hypertension compared to those who did not consume any blueberries.

With cardiovascular disease being the #1 leading cause of death in the US, make sure that you minimize your risk by exercising regularly along with a healthy serving of blueberries each week!  

Want to find other ways to decrease blood pressure and increase overall health? Check with your Bozeman chiropractors at Gallatin Valley Chiropractic today and find what is missing with your health!

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