by Kathy Jones on  January 15, 2011 at 8:49 PM Diet & Nutrition News
 Regularly Eating Blueberries Reduces Risk of High Blood Pressure
A healthy diet of blueberries every week goes a long way in reducing the risk of high blood pressure, a new report published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reveals.

Blueberries are already known to help against the hardening of the arteries but researchers from University of East Anglia and Harvard University found that they contain a compound which fights against high blood pressure.

The extensive study was conducted on more than 180,000 men and women over a period of 14 years and the researchers found that those who had the highest intake of a compound known as anthocyanins, usually found in blueberries and strawberries, were eight percent less likely to develop hypertension compared to others.

"Our findings are exciting and suggest that an achievable dietary intake of anthocyanins may contribute to the prevention of hypertension", the researchers wrote in their report

Source: Medindia

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