London: Eating two handfuls of blueberries a week can slash the risk of developing high blood pressure, which leads to strokes and heart disease, a new research has found.High blood pressure or hypertension affects at least 10 million people in Britain, reports express.co.uk. The latest findings show that bio-active compounds in blueberries - called anthocyanins - offer protection against hypertension.Compared with people who did not eat blueberries, those eating at least one serving a week - the equivalent of a couple of handfuls - reduced their risk of developing the condition by 10 percent.
During the study 35,000 participants developed hypertension.The dietary information identified tea as the main contributor of flavonoids, with apples, orange juice, blueberries, red wine and strawberries also providing important amounts.Aedin Cassidy of the University of East Anglia said: "Our findings are exciting and suggest that an achievable dietary intake of anthocyanins may contribute to the prevention of hypertension."IANS
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