Dr. Steven Pratt, author of Superfoods Rx Fourteen Foods Proven to Change Your Life, calls blueberries “brainberries”. New research evidence indicates he’s been right on this issue. Research from an international team including scientists and medical doctors from Kings College London, University of London, University of Cal Davis, University de Castilla-LaMancha, the University of Reading and the University of Surrey (and I may have left more out!), reported the results of a study on the effects of daily consumption of blueberries.
Participants received a drink containing 200 grams of blueberries each day for a month. Of course, there were two control groups who received one of a couple of different placebos. (BTW-200 grams is approximately 1 cup). All the participants were healthy. After one month, those receiving the blueberry beverage lowered their blood pressure about the same amount as would occur with some blood pressure medications. And they showed certain other signs of reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
Ana Rodriguez-Mateos, PhD, the study leader who works in cardiology, pulmonology and vascular medicine at both Kings College and the University of Dusseldorf, noted:
"Although it is 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. (Note: anthocyanin is a phytochemical that gives some berries- like blueberries- their color.)
If the change we saw in blood vessel function after eating blueberries every day could be sustained for a person’s whole life, it could reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular disease by up to 20%."
We’re going to make something deliciously easy for you. A cup of blueberries is a healthy portion. We turned renowned food blogger, legendary baker, and our friend Ramona who is The Merchant Baker. ( www.themerchantbaker.com ) for some recipes using blueberries, so that you wouldn’t get tired of eating a cup of them each morning. One glimpse at her site is enough that you know she is a baker of extraordinary skill. The featured picture at the top of the newsletter is for her blueberry oatmeal pie. (How’s that for healthy ingredients!) ) Click the image to be taken to the detailed instructions on preparing that delicious treat. Or just click here for the recipes for amazing blueberry delights:
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