I was busy making dinner for myself and my husband when the brain cell suddenly clicked on (I have been a bit distracted as my had died the weekend before). Blueberries!!!!!!! It was in response to a conversation I had had earlier this week with a lady that I have been conversing with on FB for years but had only ever met once at an event in London. The topic we were discussing was blood pressure and how to reduce it naturally. I gave her a small list of things to do including reducing salt intake, go for power walks, cut out alcohol and smoking etc. But, then I recalled a programme that I had watched where people had taken had their blood pressure measured, eaten blueberries and then had the blood pressure retaken again and had noted a marked improvement in a short space of time. I have come across other studies too that showed an improved arterial function within one hour of blueberry consumption (human trials not on animals).
Would you believe that something as simple as eating blueberries can actually help lower blood pressure! Blueberries are high in fibre and antioxidants and are relatively low in sugar.
How do they work?
They help reduce plaque formation on the endothelial lining of blood vessels.
They relax and widen blood vessels.
How much should you have?
Ideally a cup of blueberries a day is what you need but be careful not to take in too much sugar from other sources such as syrups, sugar, fructose etc.
If eating blueberries daily is too much for you to handle then look at having a minimum of three servings a week.
Frozen blueberries will also do the trick when they are not in season and can be found at most supermarkets.
Blueberries really are a fantastic, not only can they help lower blood pressure they are also being shown to improve memory, fight against certain cancers, fight inflammation, improve the health of your bowel and eyes, increase the production of dopamine a neurotransmitter (brain messenger) which is low in people with Parkinson’s and so much more. As well as all this they are full of vitamin B, C and E and essential minerals. It’s hardly a surprise that it has been labelled as a superfood.
For Elle, I hope this helps xxx
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