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Can This Berry Juice Help Blood Pressure and Inflammation?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • A study in rats found lingonberries improved blood pressure, vascular function and inflammatory markers; inhibition of the renin-angiotensin system and enhanced nitric oxide production could be an explanation
  • In Scandinavia, lingonberries are frequently eaten, whereas in the U.S. blackberries, black raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, red raspberries and strawberries are the preferred berries
  • The anthocyanins found in lingonberries have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and lipid-lowering effects that reduce the risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart diseases
  • Lingonberries may be useful in preventing diet-induced obesity
  • Lingonberries are thought to have a positive effect on gut microbiota

Many people enjoy eating berries and they are certainly good for you. Berries are low in calories, high in fiber and contain vitamins C and E, folic acid, calcium, selenium, alpha and beta carotene and lutein. Better yet, their phytochemicals contain valuable polyphenols and flavonoids including anthocyanins and ellagitannins.

Anthocyanin is a natural pigment in fruits and vegetables that has been shown in studies to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and contain anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. It also has been found to aid in the treatment of certain types of cancer and diabetes.

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