A new study just released found regular intake of bilberries, a polyphenol-rich fruit, may reduce LDL cholesterol levels significantly while increasing HDL cholesterol levels.
36 healthy men and women participated in this study. Participants consumed 150 grams of bilberries daily for a six week period. There was no placebo or control group which presents itself as a limitation of the study.
The following improvements in blood lipid profiles were seen, total cholesterol dropped 6%, LDL (bad) cholesterol was reduced 7%, triglycerides were lower by 27% and good cholesterol (HDL) levels increased 6%. Additionally, a 9% improvement in glucose levels was also observed when compared to baseline levels.
Researchers believe that a regular intake of bilberries may support a reduction in Cardiovascular Disease risks. Further studies are in the works.
Make sure the Bilberry Extract you supplement with is standardized to at least 25% of Anthocyanidins, the phyto-nutrient in the Billberry that gives Bilberry it’s beneficial properties. Additionally the product you use should be manufactured without harsh solvents. You may even find a product that contains a full spectrum of components as they might occur naturally in fresh whole Bilberries and contains Citrus Bioflavonoids and Red Grape Skin Extract to enhance the synergistic benefits of the Bilberry Extract.
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