Heartbeat Report: Blueberry Benefits

Published 11/08 2013 10:13AM

Updated 11/08 2013 10:20AM

A new study reveals blueberries may help prevent diseases caused by metabolic syndrome.

More than one-third of Americans are affected by metabolic syndrome, which is a combination of medical disorders that increase the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

But University of Maine researchers found when obese lab rats ate the equivalent of two cups of wild blueberries a day. They had significant health changes.

The antioxidants in blueberries helped decrease inflammation in the blood vessels ... Improving their blood flow and lowering blood pressure.

Experts say it is best to eat blueberries raw -- as they may lose some potency if baked in pies or muffins.

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