If your heart could talk, what do you suppose it would ask for?
Love, of course…
Perhaps a little less stress…
But what if it asked for blueberries?
A little surprising, I know. But take it from me and listen to your heart. As the latest research tells us, it knows exactly what it needs…
Quick, long-lasting benefits from the tiny berry in blue
In a new study from King’s College London, researchers gave a blueberry-infused drink to 20 healthy volunteers, while another 20 volunteers were given a placebo beverage.
After 28 days of consuming the beverage, three impressive results emerged in the blueberry group:
- Improved blood vessel function was evident just two hours after taking the blueberry drink — an improvement that was sustained for the entire month.
- During the study period, blood pressure dropped by an average of 5 mmHg — exactly the level of improvement your doctor would expect from a blood pressure drug.
- Improvements were also noted in function of the endothelium — the lining of your blood vessels.
The lead researcher described the source of these beneficial effects: “Although it’s best to eat the whole blueberry to get the full benefit, our study finds that the majority of the effects can be explained by anthocyanins.”
This came as no surprise to Dr. Fred Pescatore. As he points out in his Ultimate Heart-Protection Protocol, a recent analysis of 12 studies found that anthocyanins — the flavonoid that gives berries their distinctive dark colors — help promote stable blood pressure.
In addition, he says, anthocyanins help prevent plaque buildup in the arteries.
But the Kings College researcher is right on the mark with her note about whole blueberries, because, as Dr. Pescatore notes, blueberries are low in sugar and high in antioxidants and other phytochemicals that fight free radicals and help prevent chronic diseases.
Benefits by the handful
Other phytochemicals in blueberries include chlorogenic acid, phenolic acids, and pterostilbene. Each one of these packs a powerful antioxidant punch, while also producing anti-inflammatory effects throughout your body, brain, and, of course, your cardiovascular system.
So it’s no surprise that Dr. Pescatore also cites research that notes a dose-response relationship with anthocyanins in particular and phytochemicals in general. In other words, the more you eat, the more profound the beneficial effects on your heart.
But he does offer one caution: When food manufacturers try to cash in on anthocyanins’ growing popularity and add berries to highly processed foods like cereal and so-called “protein” bars, anthocyanins are destroyed and the benefits vanish.
That’s why he adds, “Fresh, organic, in-season berries are the best way to go.”
Unlock this purple superfood secret
If you want to switch things up a bit from eating handfuls of berries, Dr. Pescatore has a few ideas so you can keep the nutritional benefits coming…
He says, “Blueberries make a delicious dessert topped with a big, decadent dollop of fresh whipped cream — the real stuff, not the plastic stuff that comes in tubs or spray cans.
“Try adding them to dishes you wouldn’t normally think of, too: Salads, pan-seared salmon, or even omelets. Sounds odd, I know, but throw in a spoonful of ricotta cheese and a sprinkling of blueberries and you’ve got yourself a breakfast that beats any plate of pancakes, hands down.”
And when blueberries are out of season, you’re not out of luck. Dr. Pescatore recommends getting your daily berry dose of phytochemicals in powder form. He notes that “purple superfood blends” typically contain blueberries, blackberries, and black raspberries. And some of these blends are supercharged with other nutritional powerhouses like acai, figs, eggplant, beets, and purple carrots.
These blends are a perfect substitute for fruit juices that are loaded with sugar and calories.
“Or,” Dr. Pescatore suggests, “add it to a whey protein shake. You’ll get the same health benefits as you would from whole blueberries, blackberries, or black raspberries — no matter the season.”
You can learn about many more heart-healthy foods, supplements, and lifestyle recommendations in Dr. Pescatore’s Ultimate Heart-Protection Protocol. Click here to learn more about what this protocol has to offer, or to enroll and get started on your heart-healing journey today.
“The ‘blue’ in blueberries can help lower blood pressure” Science Daily, 2/20/19. (sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190220112211.htm)