Um, Dave, you okay?
Dave felt good when he came to the gym. But during his workout, half of his face began to freeze. Then his eyes blurred in one eye. When he tried to mention this to his training partner, his speech came out mutilated. Then came the blinding headache …
Dave had a stroke. And surprisingly, people often say they're getting rid of – or even having a heart attack – how many people find they have hypertension. The signs of high blood pressure are previously quite subtle, so your doctor (and even your dentist) will hit you with a blood pressure cuff as soon as you walk in the door.
With one in three Americans suffering as a result of high blood pressure, researchers are looking for pharmaceutical solutions. However, the answer can be found directly in the grocery section of the grocery store.
The researchers gathered 40 people and asked them to eat either 200 grams of blueberries per day (in smoothie form). or a drink without blueberries for a month.
Here's what happened: Subjects who consumed blueberries reduced their blood pressure by 5 mmHg, which is a prescription medication for high blood pressure. The function of the blood vessels improved and the risk factors for cardiovascular diseases decreased.
One researcher noted
"If the changes we saw every day after eating blueberries could last a lifetime, it could affect a person's risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 20%."
Why blueberries? Because anthocyanins therefore. These are the incredibly healthy plant flavonoids that give certain foods their blue, indigo or red color.
Use of this information
You could eat 200g blueberries daily, preferably wild. That's almost two cups, which is why they were probably mixed into smoothies for the study.
You could also take a cyanidin-3-glucoside supplement (C3G). If you take Indigo-3G®, Biotest's nutritional release to improve body composition, you will already be getting a hefty dose of anthocyanins.
Another supplement is Superfood, a freeze-dried blend of 18 whole fruits, vegetables and berries, including:
- Wild Blueberries (1,5% anthocyanin)
- Raspberries (0,7% Anthocyanins)
- Acai berries (1% anthocyanins)
Personally, I eat about half a cup of blueberries a day, but in addition a portion of C3G and a serving of superfood. To be honest, I do that because blueberries are delicious. Indigo-3G allows me to eat more carbohydrates without getting fat, and taking Superfood is easier than consuming 6 pounds of fruit and vegetables a day.
But hey, I take the health benefits too. Having a stroke or heart attack would really ruin the legged day. Just ask Dave.
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- Ana Rodriguez-Mateos, et al. Circulating anthocyanin metabolites mediate the vascular benefits of blueberries: findings from randomized controlled trials, metabolomics, and nutrigenomics. The Periodicals of Gerontology: Series A, 2019