Is it possible to protect your heart by eating one widely available fruit? Cardiologist expert Dr. Steven Bolling says it is.
As we explained in Tuesday’s message, he’s just published a study which shows that one specific fruit can lower your blood pressure. It can also decreased “bad” cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
He tested his theory on rats that have a similar biology to humans. Other heart experts are impressed with his findings.
Now a second study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition backs up his findings. This time with human beings.
This study looked at 156,957 adults over 14 years. Those who ate this wonder fruit each week enjoyed a 10 percent drop in blood pressure.
So what is this fruit? Blueberries. And just one cup a week tackles three of the biggest factors in heart disease.
So What Makes Blueberries So Powerful?
Researchers believe this big drop in blood pressure is due to anthocyanin – the nutrient that gives blueberries their vivid color.
Further studies show that these antioxidants reduce inflammation and open blood vessels. That allows your blood to flow more smoothly. Which helps prevent clogged arteries.
The study also showed that the berries helped reduce blood pressure and triglyceride levels… even in participants who:
Had a family history of heart disease.
Didn’t exercise regularly.
Ate a high-fat diet.
If just a handful of these tasty berries can open your blood vessels, allowing smoother blood flow… then this is good news indeed.
That’s because clogged arteries can lead to atherosclerosis – or a “hardening of the arteries.” This condition is another major indicator for a heart attack.
So blueberries offer all-round heart protection.
Going the Organic Route
The key is to eat a cup of blueberries every week. And if you opt for wild, organic berries, you’ll enjoy even greater benefits.
That’s because a recent New Jersey study found that organically grown blueberries offered up to 50 percent more antioxidants than regular blueberries. If you do go for regular-grown blueberries, be sure to rinse them well before eating them.
Then enjoy them as a sweet dessert… or simply pack them as a snack to enjoy on the go.
Blueberries are available in the produce section of most grocery stores. When they’re not in season, you can find them in the freezer section.
Of course, there are many other all-natural ways to strengthen your heart. Members of our Natural Health Dossier monthly health advisory service recently received an in-depth issue that provides a comprehensive report on heart health. It’s loaded with expert advice, the most recent research, and step-by-step guidance on how to combat heart disease – easily and naturally. You can read the full issue immediately – plus get our in-depth health research every month – by signing up for Natural Health Dossier right here.
To your health,
NHD “Health Watch”