Too high in calories…too expensive…this berry has been criticized a lot, which is probably why it isn’t eaten as much as it should be.
But, according to a study from the University of Mississippi’s School of Pharmacy, consuming just half a cup of these berries can drastically reduce your blood pressure.
So, it’s no surprise that they’ve been nicknamed “The King of Blood Pressure Reduction!”
A cup of blueberries contains 85 calories, but given the recommended serving is half that, you only consume around 45 calories. And if we compare them to bananas and apples, they’re pretty economical in the calorie department.
They also contain a whopping 1.8 grams of fiber per half cup, which is the key for those trying to reduce sugar (diabetics) or increase fiber (high cholesterol sufferers).
The most amazing feature though is the chemical called pterostilbene, which reduces not only high systolic readings, but also diastolic numbers for those whose diastolic exceeds 90 mm/Hg.
And if that’s not enough, they also:
– improve cholesterol levels
– show positive effects on type 2 diabetes
– boost your immune system
– reduce inflammation
One problem that arises, though, is that drug companies can’t just let people have their berries and eat them too. According to research done by the University of Mississippi’s School of Pharmacy, a synthetic version of pterostilbene, called pTeroPure®, has been developed to give users the chemical without having to actually EAT the blueberries.
Blueberries are the safe and natural way to get the chemical into your bloodstream, but pTeroPure® has been found to increase LDL (AKA bad cholesterol), which is pretty much the opposite of what you want to do to improve your health.
Can’t afford fresh blueberries? Frozen ones have the same nutritional value!