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Blueberries contain an antioxidant that can reduce blood pressure.

In an effort to lower international rates of heart disease – the leading cause of death around the world – countless health organizations and government bodies have been working to promote heart health awareness. One way to reduce the likelihood of developing heart disease is to address medical conditions that are closely associated with it, such as high blood pressure.

According to a September 27 press release from pharmaceutical company ChromaDex, medical researchers have identified a compound that has natural blood pressure-fighting abilities. The research was presented last month at one of the American Heart Association’s 2012 Scientific Sessions on High Blood Pressure.

The source reports that scientists led by pharmaceutical specialist Daniel Riche of the University of Mississippi discovered that a compound called pterostilbene – an antioxidant found in blueberries – could have a significant impact on blood pressure levels.

To establish this, the research team monitored the blood pressure, blood lipids and body weights of 80 middle aged participants, most of whom were female, with high cholesterol. At the end of the study, the scientists discovered that the subjects who took a high dose of pterostilbene twice a day saw the most improvement in their blood pressure levels, indicating that the compound may be useful for treating and preventing this condition.

In addition, the press release states that this compound has been clinically shown to improve nutrition for the mind, and can also promote weight loss efforts, making it obvious why blueberries are so often touted as a superfood.

Recently, the World Heart Federation launched a campaign to spread awareness about the severity of heart disease, and the steps that individuals could take to reduce their chances of developing the condition. The clear message behind the initiative is that heart health is not just an concern for older generations – people of any age stand to benefit from making more deliberate dietary decisions.