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Blueberries to reduce cholesterol

Reduce Cholesterol with Blueberries

By WLR Staff, by Pat Wilson

Blueberries may be a potent weapon in the battle to reduce cholesterol.

Studies and experimentation by the US Department of Agriculture have found that the antioxidant, Pterostilbene, found in blueberries, was the most potent ingredient when it came to activating a cell's PPAR-alpha receptor which plays a role in reducing cholesterol.

Working with rat liver cells, the US team found that Pterostilbene working in a similar way to Ciprofibrate, a commercial drug that lowers bad cholesterol. However, Pterostilbene does not carry the possible negative side effects of Ciprofibrate, such as muscle pain and nausea.

More research and studies in humans are needed but these latest results add to the health benefits of the blueberry. A good source of vitamin C and dietary fibre, the blueberry is one of the riches sources of antioxidants. These antioxidants keep us healthy and young and fight cell damaging free radicals, helping us to ward off cancer, strokes and other age-related diseases.

The Blueberry is readily available in markets and supermarkets and can be used to make jams, sauces, relishes, desserts and puddings.

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Further Information

H.E.A.R.T. - The Cholesterol Charity

HEART UK supports all those at risk of inherited high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. www.heartuk.org.uk

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