Wild blueberries, such as the low-bush whole-fruit wild blueberries, may just be one of the best ways to supplement your heart-healthy diet. Loaded with super-antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, wild blueberries have been shown in studies to help protect against cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol and blood pressure, stroke and oxidative stress.
Antioxidants that are kind to your cholesterol and blood vessels
Wild blueberries have higher amounts of antioxidants than those that are farm-raised. Those antioxidants may be an effective way to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and more pliable blood vessels. Repeated studies, typically based on consuming one to two cups of blueberries daily for one to three months, have found that consuming blueberries may:
- Help reduce total cholesterol and triglycerides
- Help increase HDL cholesterol
- Help protect blood components from oxygen damage that may lead to clogged blood vessels
- Be linked to protecting the cellular lining of blood vessel walls
- Improve cardiovascular function by increasing endogenous nitric oxide synthase activity
Some studies have also shown that increasing daily blueberry intake to three cups also increased total antioxidant capacity over that accomplished with just one or two cups.
Supporting healthy blood pressure
Blueberries have been shown to help support healthy blood pressure in men and women of all ages. Study participants with high blood pressure showed a significant reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressures after consuming blueberries. Subsequent blueberry intake has also been linked to helping these participants maintain a more healthy blood pressure.
A practical way to stay heart-healthy
Wild blueberries have these heart-healthy properties, but it’s not always practical to eat several cups of the fresh berries each day. You can get the nutritious goodness of low-bush, whole-fruit wild blueberry by choosing products made with Blue Naturelle Organic Wild Blueberry Powder and Blue d’Or Conventional Wild Blueberry Powder. These whole fruit ingredients are a smart and easy way to pack wild blueberry’s potential heart benefits into your daily diet.
Plus you have the assurance of knowing that Fruit d’Or’s standardized ingredients are non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free and kosher. They contain no additives, excipients or carriers. They are not extracts, either. The ingredients can be blended with other superfood ingredients, or on their own as a great-tasting beneficial superfood.