Live Heart Healthy

Researchers estimate that eating a cup of blueberries a day reduces the risk of any cardiovascular event by 13 percent.

– New York Times

Living heart healthy can add years to our lives. Now both past the age of 50, Jimmy and I are increasingly aware of the importance of choosing whole foods that promote good health, and there’s an amazing amount of research pointing us to our own wild blueberries.

Study finds reduced risk of heart disease

The New York Times recently published an article based on a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Not surprisingly, the authors of the six-month study found significant support for the daily consumption of blueberries.

They estimated “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.”

Participants in the study were tested for levels of substances that improve blood flow and relax smooth muscle. Those who ate lots of blueberries showed significant levels, along with reduced arterial stiffness and increased levels of the “good cholesterol” HDL.

Research found in numerous other studies supports the consumption of WILD blueberries over high-bush blueberries. And the sweet and tangy robust flavor of wild blueberries make them an easy choice.

Eat wild blueberries year round

Wild blueberries freeze beautifully, allowing us to enjoy them all year long. One of my favorite ways to eat 1 1/2 to 2 cups of frozen wild blueberries is in a smoothie. I also make a whole-berry wild blueberry sauce that is delicious over foods like yogurt, pancakes, french toast and more. Wild blueberries are also very tasty in oatmeal.

Adding wild Maine blueberries to our diets is both easy and important as we strive to age well.

There’s Nothing Like a Wild Maine Blueberry
– Denise Alexander

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