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Medicinal goodness of blueberries

Researchers have discovered that blueberries could help prevent heart disease.

A compound in the berry has been revealed to lower cholesterol as effectively as a commercial drug and has potentially fewer side effects.

The compound is known as pterostilbene and is an anti-oxidant, which can also be found in grapes and red wine.

It is hoped the compound will be developed into a new type of drug, which will be a boon for those who have not responded well to the currently available alternatives.

The current drugs are also a huge drain on the economy. The government recently allowed the cholesterol-lowering drug Statin to be sold over the counter, costing the customer over 12 for a one month supply.

Statins are expected to cost the NHS more than 2 billion a year by 2010.

Though the research into blueberries is in its early stages, the anti-oxidant benefits it possess are apparent, though it is not yet clear how many berries it would be necessary for a patient to eat to be effective.

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