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Bioactive Compounds in Blueberries Reduce High Blood Pressure

Eating blueberries can protect you against high blood pressure, according to new research. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is one of the major cardiovascular diseases worldwide; it can lead to stroke and heart disease.

The findings show that bioactive compounds in blueberries called anthocyanins offer protection against hypertension. People who eat at least one serving of blueberries a week reduce their risk of developing high blood pressure by 10 percent.

Eurekalert reports:

"Anthocyanins belong to the bioactive family of compounds called flavonoids and are found in high amounts in blackcurrants, raspberries, aubergines, blood orange juice and blueberries. Other flavonoids are found in many fruits, vegetables, grains and herbs. The flavonoids present in tea, fruit juice, red wine and dark chocolate are already known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease."

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