Everyone knows that fruit and vegetables are part of a healthy diet. However, some fruits and vegetables may be more beneficial than others. Research shows that a cup of blueberries a day reduces risk factors of cardiovascular disease heart disease.
Blueberries and Metabolic Syndrome
Researchers set out to see how blueberry consumption affects Metabolic Syndrome. Diagnosis of Metabolic Syndrome is when a patient meets 3 of 5 criteria. The criteria include: high blood pressure, excess fat around the waist, high triglycerides, low levels of good cholesterol, and high blood sugar. 1 out of 3 people have Metabolic Syndrome. In this study, researchers followed 138 obese and over-weight participants. Participants were given one of the following: a placebo, ½ cup blueberries, or 1 cup blueberries.
Drops In Cardiovascular Disease Rick
The results show cardiovascular disease risk dropped 12-15% when participants consumed 1 cup of blueberries. Unfortunately, consuming ½ cup of blueberries does not show any improvement. Anthocyanins, a compound responsible for berries color, is the main reason for the reduction in cardiovascular disease. Certainly, powerful anthocyanins will be in cherries, blackberries, pomegranate, and raspberries. In addition to healthy fruits and vegetables, a balanced diet of lean protein and whole grains is important too.