There’s one antioxidant that lowers blood pressure that is powerful and easy to find… And comes in some pretty tasty packages.

This Colorful Antioxidant Lowers Blood Pressure

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High blood pressure can damage your heart and brain. It can also cause kidney failure and death.

Worst of all? Only about half of people with high blood pressure can keep it under control.1

When it comes to ways to lower your blood pressure, the conversation usually centers on what to avoid. You also know only to drink in moderation and definitely not to smoke…

But isn’t there something you can have more of to help lower blood pressure?

It turns out there is.

There’s one antioxidant that is powerful and easy to find… And comes in some pretty tasty packages.

Want to try something different? Pomegranates are a great source of antioxidants, including anthocyanin. This fruit may seem a little strange on the surface. But it’s filled with tons of health benefits.

Best of all, this antioxidant may be the answer to getting your blood pressure under control once and for all… Or avoiding high blood pressure completely.

Anthocyanin is what gives berries their bright, vibrant colors. But it isn’t just for good looks. Anthocyanin is an anti-inflammatory with cancer fighting power, but it really shines when it comes to heart health and blood pressure.2

This antioxidant helps protects against high blood pressure and heart disease by fighting oxidative stress.3

One study shows just how powerful eating a handful of berries can be. The study followed 157,000 men and women for 14 years. Over that time 35,000 people developed high blood pressure.

The folks who ate blueberries just once a week lowered their risk for high blood pressure by 10% compared to those who never ate them.45

Anthocyanin is abundant in blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.6 They are a great choice because of their rich vitamin content and high fiber content.

Cabbage and pistachio nuts are also great sources of anthocyanin. You can work cabbage into your meals pretty easily. It makes a great base for a salad or side dish with dinner.

Red wine is another good source of anthocyanin.7 A glass of red wine with dinner tastes great. Knowing that it may help lower your blood pressure in the process might make it taste even better.

So if high blood pressure is on your radar…or if you want to keep it off your radar…try adding more anthocyanin sources to your diet to keep your blood pressure low.

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References:
1 http://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/facts.htm
2 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22129334
3 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10962205
4 http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/213820.php
5 http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/93/2/338.abstract?sid=542aafa9-9593-4eb6-8c16-cf82cb9b2643
6 http://www.ars.usda.gov/SP2UserFiles/Place/12354500/Articles/JAFC54_4
7 http://www.webmd.com/diet/acai-berries-and-acai-berry-juice-what-are-the-health-benefits

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