Blueberries aren’t just brain food. According to a new study featured on Science Daily, they may also stave off diseases caused by metabolic syndrome—a group of risk factors normally characterized by obesity, hypertension, and inflammation among others.

Researchers from the University of Maine tested this theory on obese Zucker rats with metabolic syndrome, feeding the test subjects two cups of blueberries per day for eight weeks. They found that a regular blueberry diet led to improved regulation in the vascular wall, resulting in better blood flow and healthier blood pressure levels.

The research team believes that this is due to the fact that blueberries are rich in phytochemicals called polyphenols, which, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), may also play a role in preventing cancer and other degenerative diseases.

Want more polyphenols in your diet? NCBI recommends eating more dried herbs, cocoa products, and some darkly coloured berries.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

(Photo by FromSandToGlass via Flickr Creative Commons)

CONTINUE READING BELOW
Recommended Videos
Get the latest updates from Female Network
Subscribe to our Newsletter!
Comments
Trending on Network

Latest Stories

Garden Wedding Venues You Can Book for Your Intimate Wedding

Tie the knot surrounded by loved ones in these garden wedding venues near Manila!

Kris Bernal: 'Waking up every day to people commenting on my body wasn't easy at all'

'People are skinny, curvy, tall, short, petite, large, and that's just the reality of things!'

This Pinay From Baguio Creates Stunning Face Paint Illusions

"Nag-start 'yun noong nakita namin yung view doon sa Pampanga."
Load More Stories