The good news about blueberries seems to get better everyday. By now, you probably know that blueberries – in addition to tasting good – are good for you. They’re nutritious and delicious. And they’ve been shown to help fight the effects of aging, heart disease cancer and diabetes.
But did you know that they may help keep your arteries from getting clogged up with LDL cholesterol? According to an article I read on RealAge, in a recent animal study, researchers discovered that blueberries could have the power to cut LDL cholesterol levels almost in half.
What did the study discover about blueberries and cholesterol?
Test subjects who were fed a blueberry-supplemented diet for just 3 weeks had reduced LDL (bad) cholesterol by as much as 44 percent and total cholesterol by 27 percent. The study’s scientists also found that even when the test subject were fed a high-fat diet, blueberries’ health benefits persisted.
Of course, More research is needed to see whether the same benefits would be true for humans, but it seems to make sense.
Why do blueberries help lower bad cholesterol?
The researchers aren’t sure how blueberries help to lower cholesterol. They think that it may because of the health benefits they provide to the liver. The liver is the organ that helps your body get rid of your extra cholesterol. And blueberries appear to help activate certain genes in the liver, giving it a boost in doing its job more efficiently.
Previous research – dating all the way back to 1998 (and maybe earlier) – has shown that blueberries have the ability to lower blood pressure, fight fat and lower cholesterol. So the news about the health benefits of blueberries just keeps getting better and better.
Now you have one more reason to always keep blueberries (fresh or frozen) on hand and add them to your diet.
7 Delicious Ways to Add Blueberries to Your Diet
There are lots of easy delicious ways to add more blueberries to your diet including:
1. Keep washed fresh blueberries in a bowl in the front of the refrigerator for when you need a healthy snack.
2. Add fresh or frozen blueberries to healthy smoothies, pancakes and muffins.
3. Top a serving of plain yogurt or cottage cheese with blueberries and a drizzle of maple syrup.
4. Make a healthy blueberry crisp or cobbler for dessert.
5. Top your morning cereal or pancakes with a generous handful of blueberries.
6. Add blueberries to your salads.
7. Make a blueberry salsa to serve with grilled chicken or fish.
What are your favorite ways to add more blueberries to your diet?
New research shows blueberries lower LDL cholesterol better than statin drugs – Natural News
Eating berries can help lower LDL cholesterol – Science Daily
Blueberries lower blood fat/cholesterol – WebMD
Healthy blueberry recipes – Eating Well
7 healthy blueberry muffin recipes – Simple-Nourished-living