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Wild Blueberries Benefit Blood Pressure, Reduce Damaging Inflammation

December 30, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
The adverse effects of a high-fat diet can be reversed by eating wild blueberries, also known as bilberries, according to a study in Finland. Bilberries were shown to have beneficial effects on both blood pressure and nutrition-derived inflammatory responses, the researchers found in a mouse study. An integral part of the Nordic diet, bilberries contain polyphenols, especially anthocyanins, in significantly higher proportions than in commercially cultivated blueberries.
Otto T. Mykkänen et al., "Wild Blueberries (Vaccinium myrtillus) Alleviate Inflammation and Hypertension Associated with Developing Obesity in Mice Fed with a High-Fat Diet. ", PLoS ONE, December 30, 2014, © Mykkänen et al.
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