Got Hypertension? Eat This Food
Having a stroke or heart attack really interferes with making gains. Consume two cups of this food to lower high blood pressure.
Lower High Blood Pressure… or Stroke Out in the GymHow do you know if you’re having a stroke? Well, you’ll lose control of half of your face, get blurry vision, and experience a blinding headache. Oh, and your speech will come out garbled as you’re stumbling around trying to tell someone about it.
Surprisingly, that’s how many people learn they have hypertension: by stroking out or even having a heart attack. The signs of high blood pressure are pretty subtle before that, which is why your doctor (and even your dentist) will slap a blood pressure cuff on you as soon as you walk through the door.
Since one in three people will suffer from high blood pressure, and around 25% will have a stroke sometime in their lives, researchers are scrambling for pharmaceutical solutions. But the answer may be right there in the supermarket’s produce section.
The Blueberry Study
Researchers gathered up 40 people and told them to either consume 200 grams of wild blueberries per day (blended into a smoothie) or control drinks without blueberries for one month.
Here’s what happened: The subjects consuming blueberries reduced their blood pressure by 5mmHg, which is about what a prescription hypertension drug can do. Blood vessel function improved and cardiovascular disease 15 risk factors decreased. The control group showed no improvements.
One researcher noted, “If the changes we saw in blood vessel function after eating blueberries every day could be sustained for a person’s whole life, it could reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular disease by up to 20%.”
Why blueberries? Because anthocyanins, that’s why. Those are the incredibly healthy plant flavonoids that give certain foods their blue, indigo, or red color.