Blueberries - Superfood

New research examines Blueberries' effect on cognitive function in healthy older adults

New research published in the European Journal of Nutrition found that daily consumption of the equivalent of one cup of fresh blueberries, given as 24 g of freeze dried powder, showed positive changes in cognitive function over a placebo.   Find out more here

Can Blueberries beat the 'baby blues' in new mothers? Scientists think so

A new study by researchers in Toronto, Canada, finds that a dietary supplement regimen of the powerful antioxidants blueberry juice and blueberry extract can help ward off the "baby blues".

The temporary mood swings and sadness experienced by many new mums can sometimes lead to more serious postpartum depression.  find out more here

Blueberries and weight loss

Blueberries have special flavonoids that can help you lose weight, say Harvard researchers.

The flavonoid subclass 'anthocyanins', largely found in blueberries and strawberries, was linked with the greatest weight loss. An extra daily intake of 10 milligrams of anthocyanins was linked with a 0.1-kilogram loss in weight over a four-year period.

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Blueberries may help prevent Alzheimer's, researchers say

A "super fruit" famed for its health-giving properties may protect ageing brains and help prevent Alzheimer's, new research suggests. Blueberries, given in the form of a powder, were found to improve the thinking performance of 47 adults aged 68 and older who already had mild cognitive impairment, a risk factor for Alzheimer's. A similar effect was not seen when volunteers were treated with a "dummy" placebo powder that was inactive.

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Blueberries Protect DNA

Blueberries appear to be an effective way to improve antioxidant status and protect against oxidative injury.  Blueberries improve insulin sensitivity in obese, insulin-resistant men and women

More research to document the effects of Blueberries on oxidative stress, inflammation, and endothelial function can be found here in the Natural Medicine Journal

Blueberries improve muscle recovery

The consumption of Blueberries, before, during, and after physical training has been found to improve the rate of recovery of muscle performance.

Blueberries and Aging

US Research has found that feeding blueberries to rats has slowed age related loss in their mental capacity.

Nutritional information

New Zealands Cultivated Blueberry industry was initially developed from varieties sourced from the USA.  Blueberries are relatively new in New Zealand compared to there.  Much of the research is undertaken in the US because of the relative size of the industries.  However we grow many of the same varieties here in New Zealand so you can relate the US research to the Blueberries we grow here.  Here is a link to some interesting information about the health enhancing properties of Blueberries.  Worlds Healthiest Foods