Fit over 50 Update — Blueberries Promote Heart Health

Eating blueberries reduces the risk of a cardiovascular event

In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write (page 32):

A colleague of mine has suggested a simple formula for good health: 0-5-10-30-150.

  • 0 = zero cigarettes;
  • 5 = five servings of fruit and vegetables a day;
  • 10 = ten minutes of silence, relaxation, meditation, or prayer a day;
  • 30 = a body mass index (BMI) of less than 30; and
  • 150 = the number of minutes of exercise per week.

The New York Times reports “researchers estimate that eating a cup of blueberries a day reduced the risk of any cardiovascular event by 13 percent and the risk of coronary heart disease by 11.4 to 14.5 percent.”

In a study of 115 overweight or obese adults “aged 50 to 75 who were at high risk for cardiovascular disease,” participants who ate a cup of blueberries daily “had reduced arterial stiffness and increased levels of HDL,” and “had increased levels” of plant-based chemicals that improve blood flow.

The findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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