A study published in the journal ‘The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition’ revealed that daily consumption of 150 grams of blueberries might help in lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases by as much as 15%. The study also said that lifestyle changes, including diet modification, might also help.
The research team from UEA’s Department of Nutrition and Preventive Medicine, Norwich Medical School, studied about the effects of eating blueberries daily in 138 overweight and obese people with Metabolic Syndrome, aged between 50 and 75. Professor Aedin Cassidy, Lead researcher, from UEA’s Norwich Medical School said, “Having Metabolic syndrome significantly increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes and often statins and other medications are prescribed to help control this risk.”
The six month experiment compared the effects of 150 gram portions (1 cup) and 75 gram portions (half cup) of blueberries on the Metabolic Syndrome in the obese people. It was found that daily intake of half cup of blueberries was not much beneficial in this age group.
Co-lead author, Dr. Peter Curtis concluded, “We found that eating one cup of blueberries per day resulted in sustained improvements in vascular function and arterial stiffness — making enough of a difference to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by between 12 and 15 per cent”.
Blueberries have been praised for their high nutritional value and a strong flavour, which is mostly used in neutralizing the over sweetness in desserts and smoothies. Its sour and tart taste enhances the dishes it is added to. Blueberry, with its flavonoids content, is an excellent source for immunity boost, and the presence of vitamin C in it makes it a preferred food for body’s tissue development and repair. Nutritionists all over the world recommend regular intake of this super food.