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Berries hit the spot for blood pressure

Flavonoid-rich foods such as berries, red wine and apples and pears have caught the eye of clinicians in making reductions in systolic blood pressure.

Queen's University Belfast researchers noted an interaction with the gut microbiome which resulted in production of metabolites with enhanced bioactivity.

There was also an increased microbial diversity and fewer bacteria linked to high blood pressure.

The findings beg future trials looking at the role of metabolism and gut microbiome in regulating the effects of flavonoids on blood pressure, say the authors.

Results showed that 80g of berries a day seemed to reduce systolic blood pressure by an average of 3.7mm Hg.

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