- News Releases
Often labeled a superfood, blueberries are bursting with vitamins and minerals ─ many of which are classified as antioxidants. Much of the power of this little berry lies in its color.
Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (0:59) is in the downloads at the end of the post. Please courtesy: "Mayo Clinic News Network." Read the script.
Blueberries might be the best example of how good things come in small packages.
"Beyond their tangy sweetness, blueberries offer a wealth of health benefits," says Anya Miller, a Mayo Clinic dietitian.
She says that includes protection for your heart, thanks to something called an anthocyanin – a compound in these berries that gives them their deep blue hue.
"Blueberries, in particular, have about 25 different anthocyanins, whereas other berries might just have two or three," says Miller.
Studies have shown eating foods high in these anthocyanins can help lower your risk of developing coronary heart disease.
“And that could be due to the reduction in arterial stiffness and blood pressure," says Miller. "A half cup is a serving of blueberries. They don't require any slicing or peeling. You can just pop them in your mouth for the benefits."
Besides the heart-healthy perk, that serving of blueberries will get you some vitamin C, dietary fiber and natural sweetness. That makes blueberries a boost for physical and mental health.
For the safety of its patients, staff and visitors, Mayo Clinic has strict masking policies in place. Anyone shown without a mask was recorded prior to COVID-19 or recorded in an area not designated for patient care, where social distancing and other safety protocols were followed.
March is National Kidney Month, a time to raise awareness about your kidney health and generate support for those affected by conditions, including kidney stones, ...
Three things to know when using Narcan during an opioid overdose
Consuming too much salt can lead to serious health conditions, including high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Many consumers are turning to Himalayan sea salt, ...