Ladies, let’s face it. When you reach a certain age, it can feel like you’re a walking talking risk factor for heart problems.
Because once you’ve left menopause behind and your blood pressure starts creeping up, that’s how you’re treated. Heck, your own doctor starts to act as if you might be taken down by a heart attack or stroke at any moment.
But new research reveals an astonishingly simple (and tasty) way to help counteract those risks.
And when I say simple, I mean it. In fact, I saw this solution sitting right at the entrance to my local supermarket just yesterday. There was a big stack of them, with a 2 for 1 SALE sign on top.
You can bet I stocked up.
Blueberries can help improve blood flow
It’s a good time to be a fan of blueberries. And not just because they’re in season right now. They’re also quickly turning into one of the hottest solutions in health research.
Now, a second study finds that those same delicious blueberries can potentially help reduce heart risks.
And once again, it appears the benefit works exceptionally well in the folks who are most at risk. And that, of course, is older women past menopause with high blood pressure.
The equivalent of just one cup of blueberries a day – about half of what you’ll find in those pint containers they typically come in – helped right where it matters most, in ways most drugs such as statins can’t even touch.
The berries helped enhance the function of the lining of the blood vessels. It’s called the endothelium, and it “pushes” blood along.
Endothelium function is a vital measure of heart health. In fact, even tiny shifts can lead to DRAMATIC changes in your cardiovascular risk.
Oxidative stress is known to mess with blood vessel lining, in particular. It can make the lining weaker, slower, and less efficient. But the polyphenols in blueberries are some of nature’s most potent antioxidants.
And in the new study, they showed off that antioxidant power inside blood vessels. The blueberries improved endothelial function in ways that can help prevent hardening and other cardiovascular problems.
Reap the heart benefits of polyphenols
Along with helping to enhance blood vessel function, the potent compounds in blueberries can also reportedly help:
- FIGHT aging
- ENHANCE brain function
- REDUCE cancer risk
- And MORE
And if you love blueberries as much as I do, you’re in the right season.
The berries are available everywhere right now. And while visiting the supermarket usually involves some degree of sticker shock these days, inflation hasn’t seemed to hit blueberries that hard yet (phew).
Munching on the fresh fruit is the easiest way to get the benefits. You can snack on blueberries or incorporate them into a meal by tossing them into yogurt, a smoothie, or salad.
But it’s not the only way to reap their rewards. If you don’t love blueberries or simply don’t want to eat them daily, you have another option. And that’s to find a quality polyphenol supplement made from blueberries and other healthy fruits.