How blueberries can help maintain blood pressure?

Blueberries are a healthy source of vitamins and fibre, which makes them ideal to lower down blood pressure.
How blueberries can help maintain blood pressure?How blueberries can help maintain blood pressure?
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If you or someone close to you is suffering from hypertension or has the symptoms, it may help to adopt a low blood pressure diet. Increasing plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables and leafy greens can help a great deal. Many times, the right foods can be more effective than medicines too.

Certain foods are more rewarding to help boost your health or maintain blood pressure. Did you know blueberries are a healthy source of vitamins and fibre? Not only does it give a boost to healthy blood pressure but it is also known to lower down cholesterol in the body.

According to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the freeze-dried blueberry powder was found to be beneficial for postmenopausal women in the early stages of hypertension.

Blueberries are rich in polyphenols called anthocyanins, which give them their distinctive colour. And, a new research published in the Journal of Gerontology Series claims that the ‘blue’ in blueberry can help lower down blood pressure. It has been said that eating 200g of blueberries every day for a month can lead to an improvement in blood vessel function.

Dr Nidhi Sahai, HOD - Clinical Nutrition/F&B at Max Super Speciality Hospital, says, “Blueberries are a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and manganese. These have flavonoids which aid in lowering blood pressure. The little sugar and low glycemic index also make them a healthy option.”

“Loaded with antioxidants, blueberries help keep a check on cholesterol levels making them heart friendly. However in India, mostly blueberries are available as canned, dried or compote. The fresh ones are quite expensive,” Dr Sahai adds.

Well, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get some blueberries and add them to your diet!

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