Berries are an excellent source of polyphenols, antioxidants, micronutrients and fibre. ‘The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Centre General Clinical Research Centre’, The National Centre for Research Resources’ and ‘The National Institute of Health’ has been able to find an association between soft fruit and less risk of cardio vascular disease.
Studies regarding berries have been collected. These studies have been analysed and the results have been compared. The results are published in this study.
Healthy people as well as people with diabetes mellitus, dyslipidaemia, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure and smokers had experienced a decrease in cardiovascular disease.
The study also shows that berries are better then extracts of berries. Extracts do not have the same nutritional profile as whole berries.
Berries are a source for multiple nutritional: anthocyanin, flavonols, vitamins en fibre which all may have the possibility to decrease the risk of cardio vascular disease.
Obesity is becoming more common among people. Obesity is linked with cardiovascular disease. This study like many other show that diet plays an important role in battling cardiovascular disease. This study shows that berries may improve heart health. Because berries have a low amount of calories and are high in antioxidants and other nutrients they are a perfect to add in your diet.
* Blueberries, Blackberries, Red currants, Raspberries, Strawberries
Research conducted by:
Arpita Basu, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Oklahoma State University
Timothy J Lyons