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Protect artery health with blueberries

Sunday, November 07, 2010 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
Tags: blueberries, arteries, health news


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(NaturalNews) Blueberries are a "superfruit" rich in powerful antioxidants that fight and prevent disease. And a new study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) adds to the growing list of the blueberry's known benefits, revealing that the fruit helps stop the lesions and plaques that form in the arteries of people with atherosclerosis.

Xianli Wu and a team from the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences conducted the study, which appears in the Journal of Nutrition. They found that when fed the equivalent of a half cup of blueberries a day for 20 weeks, mice with atherosclerosis lesions experienced a nearly 60 percent reduction in the size of the lesions, compared to mice not fed blueberries.

According to researchers, all mice had an apolipoprotein-E deficiency, which means they were already prone to developing hardened arteries. Thus identifying the mechanisms by which blueberries exhibit positive results was simplified, as researchers were able to observe the specific ways in which blueberry antioxidants work to prevent oxidative stress and damage.

According to the report, atherosclerosis is the leading cause of heart attacks and strokes. And cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. Based on these two facts, the sutyd findings are of prime importance for both people with heart disease and for those without it, because it provides the public with a nutrition-based option that mitigates heart disease and may even prevent it.

The team plans to conduct further research into the effects of regularly consuming blueberries during infancy, childhood and early adulthood. It is believed that doing so may help prevent the onset of heart disease later in life.

Editor's Note: NaturalNews is strongly against the use of all forms of animal testing. We fully support the implementation of humane medical experimentation that promotes the health and well-being of all living creatures.

Sources for this story include:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-...

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