Blueberries for Your Blood Pressure...How Simple is That!

Forty-eight postmenopausal women with pre- and stage 1-hypertension who consumed 22 grams of freeze-dried blueberry powder or 22 g of a control powder after 8 weeks systolic and diastolic blood pressures and brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity were significantly lower, and nitric oxide levels significantly higher than at baseline levels in the blueberry powder, whereas there were no changes in the control group. Blueberry’s benefit may be from increasing nitric oxide production.

Daily blueberry consumption improves blood pressure and arterial stiffness in postmenopausal women with pre- and stage 1-hypertension: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial.” J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015 Mar;115(3):369-77. 51294 Bahram H. Arjmandi, PhD, RD, Department of Nutrition, Food, and Exercise Sciences, College of Human Sciences, Florida State University, 412 Sandels Bldg, Tallahassee, FL 32306.

Kirk's Comment: How simple is this! Eating less than a 1/4 cup of blueberry powder daily(I don't know how many blueberries that is?) reduced blood pressure, the stiffness in the arteries, and increased the most important and protective chemical to our blood vessels nitric oxide. For men and women this can mean lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of heart disease because nitric oxide is protective of that precious single layer of our inner arteries called the "endothelium". If you're a "lucky" guy eating blueberries daily might help with your erections because the Viagra-type drugs work by keeping more nitric oxide around in that "small artery" you know where!....Eat your blue berries...everyone! Not just post-menopausal women. Also, the anthocyanins in dark berries protect our eyes against macular degeneration, the number one cause of vision loss in the elderly!....And they taste good!

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