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2012-09-19

Berries Prevent Stiffness in Arteries

In recent years, berries have increasingly become familiar to the general population as being healthy for the heart. According to the Doctrine of Signatures, strawberries look like hearts, so that's been obvious for decades. Research over the last number of years has not only shown most berries have heart and cardiovascular benefits, but also revealing what compounds in the berries may be responsible for these effects.

This new study gives more evidence to the health benefits of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are the pigments found in many fruits and berries, and they are primarily known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

The new cross-sectional study collected dietary data to allow the researchers to calculate intakes of total flavonoids and the subclasses flavanones, anthocyanins, flavan-3-ols, polymers, flavonols, and flavones.
Results showed that the highest average intakes of anthocyanins were associated with significantly lower systolic blood pressure and improved arterial pressure. In addition, higher flavone intakes were linked to improved pulse wave velocity, which is a measure of how stiff the arteries are.

The intakes of anthocyanins associated with these findings could be obtained from the diet by the consumption of 1–2 servings per daily of berries. Pretty easy (as long as you can keep it up long term)...don't don't be tricked into consuming the fake stuff.

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Source: Higher anthocyanin intake is associated with lower arterial stiffness and central blood pressure in women

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