As little as they may be, blueberries pack a big punch for your health. New research from the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that a diet that includes regular consumption of blueberries lower blood pressure.
New Study Finds Blueberries Might Lower Blood Pressure
A study that included 40 postmenopausal women with high blood pressure found that those women who ate a cup of blueberries daily for eight weeks had an average of 5 percent decrease in systolic blood pressure and 6.3 percent decrease in diastolic pressure. The reduction could be attributed to the fact that the nitric oxide levels increased in those who ate blueberries. Nitric oxide is known to relax and widen blood vessels.
While the difference in blood pressure from blueberry consumption was moderate compared to medication, it nonetheless helped reduce blood pressure, and should be considered as part of a healthy diet.
Information gathered from NY Times Health.