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To boost your heart health, go blue! Blueberries contain a compound known as anthocyanin, a type of flavonoid. Flavonoids are antioxidants, which protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, and have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, says Zumpano. (Learn what foods boost your mood with this blissed-out plan!) A 2011 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who consumed the highest amount of anthocyanin in their diet—mostly from eating lots of blueberries and strawberries—saw an 8% reduction in their risk for high blood pressure, compared with those who ate the least amount of anthocyanin. The same study found that people who consumed at least one serving of blueberries per week were 10% less likely than those who ate no blueberries to develop high blood pressure.