Having The Blues Is Berry Good

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that blueberries contain bioactive compounds that help protect against hypertension. These compounds, called anthocyanins, are also found in raspberries, blackcurrants, and blood orange juice. In this particular study, scientists at Harvard University and the University of East Anglia found that blueberries were the richest source of anthocyanins of the foods tested.

Through a 14-year study of more than 175,000 men and women, researchers found that the people who ate blueberries at least once a week were 10 percent less likely to develop hypertension as compared to those who ate none.

Anthocyanins belong to a larger family of bioactive compounds called flavonoids. Other flavonoids from different sources such as red wine, dark chocolate, tea and fruit juices have been studied for their role in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
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