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Blueberries help reduce heart disease risk, UEA research finds

PUBLISHED: 14:45 30 May 2019 | UPDATED: 14:45 30 May 2019

Blueberries could help prevent heart disease, according to the UEA. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Blueberries could help prevent heart disease, according to the UEA. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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Eating a cup of blueberries a day reduces risk factors for cardiovascular disease - according to new research led by the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with colleagues from Harvard and across the UK.

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New findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition show that eating 150g of blueberries daily reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 15pc.

The research team from UEA's Department of Nutrition and Preventive Medicine, Norwich Medical School, say that blueberries and other berries should be included in dietary strategies to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease - particularly among at risk groups.

The research was led by the University of East Anglia in collaboration with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the University of Southampton, the University of Surrey, and the University of Cambridge. It was funded by the US Highbush Blueberry Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

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