Health News: Study Unlocks Cholesterol-Lowering Activity of the Blueberry

The potential cardiovascular benefits of the blueberry may be related to berries’ anthocyanins interacting with bile acids to promote cholesterol reduction, suggests data from a study with hamsters.

According to the data published in the European Journal of Nutrition, dietary supplementation with 0.5- and 1-percent blueberry anthocyanins was associated with 37- and 66-percent increases in bile-acid excretion.

“In this regard, the concentration of blueberry anthocyanins used in the present study could achieve its cholesterol-lowering activity under the normal physiological conditions in humans if the data could be extrapolated to humans,” they wrote.