You may not be able to feel the inflammation that’s BURNING up your insides…
The vessel walls that are STIFFENING and maybe even HARDENING…
Or any of the other cardiovascular risk factors associated with hypertension.
All you know is your doc is on your back to get your BP numbers down – by hook or by crook!
But as-low-as-you-can-go blood pressure won’t do you a BIT of good…
Unless you ALSO support healthy blood flow and vessel function.
Fortunately, there’s a trick to RELAXING arteries… and IMPROVING inflammatory markers, too.
It comes from the remote Nordic forests near the Arctic Circle…
But you can find it in a jam that’s the national dish of Finland!
Superberry of the Swedes
You already know how berries are both delicious and good for your heart.
But there’s one red berry you may have OVERLOOKED.
It’s the berry of choice in Scandinavia, where locals pick it from the wild… and garnish meat dishes like reindeer and elk with it.
In those cold countries… with impossibly long winters… it’s come to symbolize light breaking through the darkest days of the year.
But most Americans have NO CLUE about its health-promoting, superhero powers!
I’m talking about the lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) – a cousin of the cranberry, with a similar sour or tart taste.
Like other colorful berries, lingonberries contain heart-healthy pigments known as anthocyanins.
These plant compounds have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties….
And BOTH of those are important when it comes to PROTECTING your heart from oxidative damage and cell death… and PRESERVING its function!
They appear to work specifically in two key ways…
- REGULATING blood pressure through its “central command center,” the renin-angiotensin system
- ENHANCING production of a vasodilator known as nitric oxide.
But that’s not all…
Because lingonberries may also REDUCE the expression of genes associated with inflammation and blood thickening/clotting (a.k.a. thrombosis).
And in recent research on animals out of Finland, it only took 8 WEEKS for the blood pressure changes to be significant.
But the researchers noticed a positive change even sooner than that!
Lingonberries could even CANCEL OUT the negative effects of a high-salt diet in cases of hypertension.
Unfortunately, the most common ways to find lingonberries here in the States are in the forms of sweetened preserves and syrups.
Instead, look for UNPROCESSED berries, with no added sugar – either as a juice or as fresh or frozen, raw berries.
Add them to your smoothies… or make your own jam using a healthful honey instead of refined sugar.
You can also find lingonberry supplements in capsule or powder form… or lingonberry included in berry complex or “superfruit” formulas.
Just be sure they’re from a maker you trust… and that they contain a standardized dosage of those anthocyanins.