High blood pressure: Blueberries can reduce a blood pressure reading by ‘several points’

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The protective effects of diet have long been established.

As a rule of thumb, diets that emphasise whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products are encouraged.

Darlene Zimmerman, a registered dietitian with the Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute, said: “Most nutrition research today points toward specific eating patterns that lower blood pressure rather than individual foods.”

Zimmerman cites the DASH diet, which emphasises whole grain, fruits and vegetables and wholegrain, as an example.

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