Improve Your Blood Pressure By Eating Blueberries
Written by: Sarah Lawrence
Looking for drug-free ways to reduce your blood pressure? You’re not alone. And the good news is that there’s growing research to support a simple, tasty solution! You may not believe it, but it’s blueberries for the win!
Daily consumption of about 1 cup of blueberries can balance blood pressure, help improve blood flow and keep your arteries in good shape.
Blueberries are rockstars with lots of flavonoids for antioxidant power and great anti-inflammatory properties. This is nothing new. But, now research shows that they can reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure – possibly better than prescription drugs!
“The potential is enormous,” said Dr. Anais Archambeault about a study done at Florida State University. Researchers found that blood pressure can be significantly decreased by consuming the equivalent of 1 cup of blueberries daily for 8 weeks. “Many patients on antihypertensives experience less than a 5% decrease in overall blood pressure and here we clearly have a natural product that may eventually outperform well known drugs,” she said.
What’s wild is that this study shows that people with high blood pressure can lower or normalize their blood pressure simply by adding blueberries to the diet. This ranks up there with chocolate and bubble baths on the scale of easy, enjoyable health solutions, wouldn’t you say?
Now, over at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, researchers found that pterostilbene, a polyphenol similar to resveratrol, can reduce hypertension and the potential in adults. What this means is that blueberries may not only support your body in normalizing blood pressure, but can also help bypass blood pressure issues and heart disease from the start.
With a bowl of berries every day, you support cellular health, reduce oxidative stress, improve cognitive health AND lower your blood pressure and risk of heart disease. That’s berry good news, if you ask me! Eat them as a snack, toss them in your salads, mix them into your smoothies, have some blueberry water – the options for adding them to your diet are endless!
What’s your favorite way to eat blueberries? Share with us in the comments below!
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Sarah Lawrence is a Certified Holistic Health and Integrative Nutrition Coach, Speaker and Reiki Master based in Southern NH. Sarah creates lifestyle transformations by coaching her clients to shift from their current habits into healthier ones. Her philosophy is that small changes, over time, can yield big results. By developing a technique that leverages the benefits of whole foods nutritionals, seasonal detoxification, reiki, aromatherapy, meditation and life coaching, Sarah artfully combines her knowledge from years of study in the fields of chemistry, nutrition and energy healing.
Sarah leads clients from frustration due chronic health issues to elation by attaining and sustaining balanced health. Her intuitive style supports true healing on all levels. Sarah studied at Fairfield University and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition; she is pursuing her Masters in Clinical Nutrition and is dedicated to continuing her studies so she can provide the best support for her clients.
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