We tend to decide first and seek facts to support what we’ve decided.
Sometimes, we know we’ve made a bad choice so we refuse to look.
“If I don’t open my eyes, nothing’s there.”
Here’s an opportunity to create a factual benefit list for a tasty choice. If you are not eating them, you may want to drop something else and eat these little miracles instead.
Just a cup a day of these tiny treats helps fend off heart disease and cancer.
If you still think of blueberries as an occasional summer treat, think again. Research confirms that eating just a cup a day helps fend off heart disease and cancer.
In a new study from Florida State University, researchers found that a daily serving of blueberries could be key to fighting cardiovascular disease.
They conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial with 48 post-menopausal women with pre-hypertension or stage one hypertension. Every day half the women were given either a placebo or 22 grams of freeze-dried blueberry powder. The powder was equivalent to one cup of fresh blueberries.
During the trial researchers evaluated the women’s blood pressure, as well as their levels of nitric oxide.
They also measured arterial stiffness using brachial ankle pulse wave velocity (PWV), considered the gold standard in evaluating arterial damage. Arterial stiffness is a symptom of atherosclerosis and is predictive of cardiovascular risk. It indicates that the heart has to work harder to circulate blood to the peripheral blood vessels.
The study results were published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.[i] After just 8 weeks the women who took the blueberry powder had significantly lowered their systolic (5.1%) and diastolic (6.3%) blood pressure. Those on the placebo had no change.