By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Blueberries appear to have some significant advantages. This is because of naturally occurring antioxidants.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf To Highlight Support Of Small Businesses During COVID-19
Researchers have been looking at whether blueberries may be helpful as a tool to help prevent metabolic syndrome. That’s a group of health problems that includes too much fat around the waist, elevated blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, and high triglycerides. Together, these conditions increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.READ MORE: CDC, FDA Recommend US Pause Use Of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 Vaccine Over Blood Clot Concerns
One possible mechanism is that blueberry intake affects genes related to fat burning and storage.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: All Adults Eligible For Vaccine On Tuesday, Except Philadelphia Residents
My view is that we may not be able to prove that blueberries have this affect for a while but there is not a downside to including them in your diet.