Scientific Research

The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) funds research studies that are grounded in sound science, use rigorous methodology, and are conducted by autonomous researchers at well-established institutions. All published research is submitted to peer-reviewed journals by the researcher, independent of the USHBC.

Explore the full overview of research specifically funded by the USHBC, and examine the full body of evidence on blueberry science by browsing the research topics below.

Blueberries and their bioactives in the modulation of oxidative stress, inflammation and cardio/vascular function markers: a systematic review of human intervention studies

Martini D, Marino M, Venturi S, Tucci M, Klimis-Zacas, Riso P, Porrini M, Del Bo C.
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Scientific Evidence for the Beneficial Effects of Dietary Blueberries on Gut Health: A Systematic Review

Della Lucia CM, Oliveira LA, Dias KA, Pereira SMS, da Conceicao AR, Anandh Babu PV.
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Blueberry juice augments exercise-induced neuroprotection in a Parkinson’s disease model through modulation of GDNF levels

Castro SL, Tapias V, Gathagan R, Emes A, Brandon TE, Smith AD
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Protective Effects of a Polyphenol-Rich Blueberry Extract on Adult Human Neural Progenitor Cells

Zheng T, Bielinski DF, Fisher DR, Zhang J, Shukitt-Hale B.
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Protective Effects of Blueberries on Vascular Function: A Narrative Review of Preclinical and Clinical Evidence

Woolf EK, Lee SY, Ghanem N, Vazquez AR, Johnson SA
Nutr Res. 2023 Dec:120:20-57. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2023.09.007.
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Blueberry Supplementation Effects on Neuronal and Pathological Biomarkers in Subjects at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease: A Pilot Study

P M Doraiswamy, M G Miller, C A Hellegers, A Nwosu, J Choe, D M Murdoch
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Blueberry intake elevates post‑exercise anti‑inflammatory oxylipins: a randomized trial

David C. Nieman, Camila A. Sakaguchi, Ashraf M. Omar, Kierstin L. Davis, Cameron E. Shaffner, Renee C. Strauch, Mary Ann Lila, Qibin Zhang
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Blueberries Improve Abdominal Symptoms, Well-Being and Functioning in Patients with Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

Wilder-Smith CH, Materna A, Olesen SS
Nutrients. 2023 May 20;15(10):2396. doi: 10.3390/nu15102396.
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Change in habitual intakes of flavonoid-rich foods and mortality in US males and females

Nicola P Bondonno , Yan Lydia Liu, Yan Zheng, Kerry Ivey, Walter C Willett, Meir J Stampfer, Eric B Rimm , Aedín Cassidy
BMC Med. 2023 May 12;21(1):181. doi: 10.1186/s12916-023-02873-z.
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Daily Blueberry Consumption for 12 Weeks Improves Endothelial Function in Postmenopausal Women with Above-Normal Blood Pressure through Reductions in Oxidative Stress: A Randomized Controlled Trial

E. K. Woolf, J. D. Terwoord, N. S. Litwin, A. R. Vazquez, S. Y. Lee, N. Ghanem, K. A. Michell, B. T. Smith, L. E. Grabos, N. B. Ketelhut, N. P. Bachman, M. E. Smith, M. Le Sayec, S. Rao, C. Gentile, T. L. Weir, A. Rodriguez-Mateos, D.R. Seals, F. A. Dinenno and S. A. Johnson
Food Funct., 2023, DOI: 10.1039/D3FO00157A
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