Eat Your Berries — They’re Superfoods
We know how beneficial berries can be for our brains. What about the rest of our bodies? Our hearts, for example...
Those same anthocyanins that combat oxidation and inflammation in your brain do the same elsewhere. Those two are demons that have a hand in many chronic diseases -- heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, etc.
In one study postmenopausal women with hypertension lowered their blood pressure and regained flexibility of their arteries after two months taking freeze-dried blueberry powder every day. That lower blood pressure reduced their risk of heart attack and stroke.
In another study middle aged adults who drank two eight-ounce glasses of no-sugar added cranberry juice each day lowered their C-reactive protein levels in just two weeks. C-reactive protein, or CRP, is a marker in your blood for inflammation. They also decreased their triglyceride and blood sugar levels.
And in yet another study women who ate at least three servings of blueberries and strawberries a week reduced their heart attack risk by 34%.
What does this mean for you? Eat your berries! For heart disease and high blood pressure eat a cup of blueberries and/or strawberries at least three times a week. Of course if you read my last blog post you may already be eating a cup every day for improved brain health. Good for you. On the days you don't eat that cup of berries, drink two cups of cranberry juice. How's that for a brain and heart healthy cheat sheet? Just remember -- organic berries, no pesticides, and cranberry juice with no added sugar.
Every day.....Say NO To Stroke!