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Daily Cup of Blueberries Can Lower BP

Enjoying one cup of blueberries daily could reduce blood pressure and arterial stiffness, find researchers. Since both blood pressure and arterial stiffness are associated with cardiovascular disease, blueberries may reduce cardiovascular disease risk, suggest researchers. The study involved postmenopausal women who had prehypertension and stage 1 hypertension. At the end of the eight-week study, women who had blueberry powder on average had a 5.1 percent decrease in systolic blood pressure, a 6.3 percent reduction in diastolic blood pressure, and a 6.5 percent reduction in arterial stiffness. Published in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the new research suggests that regular consumption of blueberries may delay prehypertension from turning into hypertension.

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