Your dietary choices can have a significant impact on how your mind and body change as the years go on. And, while it’s no secret that eating fruits and vegetables regularly can help people age gracefully, certain foods have been clinically shown to address specific health concerns many people face during this time.

Blueberries, for example, have long been touted as a superfood because they are an excellent source of antioxidants – the nutritious compounds that protect the body’s cells from being damaged by free radicals. But, a recent study has shown that one of these elements actually targets a medical issue that affects many middle-aged individuals: high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is a concern at any age, since it increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. This year, the American Heart Association (AHA) held a scientific session to discuss ongoing research regarding this issue. According to a press release from ChromaDex, a pharmaceutical company, a clinical trial backed by the organization was presented before the AHA last month. The study involved regularly giving an antioxidant called pterostilbene, which is found in blueberries, to a random sample taken from 80 middle-aged participants with high cholesterol.

Based on measurements taken at the beginning and end of the trial, the scientists observed that the individuals, most of whom were women, who took two high doses of the antioxidant daily had notably lower blood pressure levels at the termination of the study.

Beyond eating more fruits and vegetables and avoiding too much red meat, there are a number of specialty treatments that can help you live and age better. The Longevity Centres of America offers many services, including hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy and IV chelation, that can promote healthy living by removing environmental toxins and refreshing your body’s cells.