3. Blueberries may help to improve the health of the heart
Blueberries help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
According to research, consuming a cup of blueberries daily helps to reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors. The study results reveal that consuming 150g of blueberries every day reduces cardiovascular disease risk by as much as 15%.1✅ JOURNAL REFERENCE
The 6-month study looked at how daily blueberry consumption affected 138 obese and overweight 50 to 75-year-old individuals who had metabolic syndrome. The researchers compared the benefits of consuming 150-gram portions to 75-gram portions. The blueberries were consumed in freeze-dried form with a placebo group consuming a purple-colored alternative made of artificial flavorings and colors.
It was found that consuming 1 cup of blueberries daily resulted in sustained arterial stiffness and vascular function improvements that contributed to a reduction in cardiovascular disease risk by 12 to 15%.
Blueberries help reduce the risk of heart attack
The flavonoids known as anthocyanins found in blueberries may help with artery dilation, and counter plaque buildup. Researchers carried out a prospective study of 93,600 women between the ages of 25 and 42 who filled in questionnaires regarding their diets every 4 years for 18 years.