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.

Dietary Blueberry and Soluble Fiber Supplementation Reduces Risk of Gestational Diabetes in Women with Obesity in a Randomized Controlled Trial

Arpita Basu, Du Feng, Petar Planinic, Jeffrey L Ebersole, Timothy J Lyons, James M Alexander
J Nutr. 2021 May 11;151(5):1128-1138. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxaa435.
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Acute Consumption of Blueberries and Short-Term Blueberry Supplementation Improve Glucose Management and Insulin Levels in Sedentary Subjects

Ximena Palma, Samanta Thomas-Valdés, Gonzalo Cruz
Nutrients. 2021 Apr 25;13(5):1458. doi: 10.3390/nu13051458.
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Blueberry supplementation reduces the blood lactate response to running in normobaric hypoxia but has no effect on performance in recreational runners

Brandenburg JP, Giles LV.
J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2021 Mar 30;18(1):26.
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Blueberry polyphenols alter gut microbiota & phenolic metabolism in rats

Dennis P Cladis, Abigayle M R Simpson, Kaitlyn J Cooper, Cindy H Nakatsu, Mario G Ferruzzi, Connie M Weaver
Food Funct. 2021 Mar 21;12(6):2442-2456. doi: 10.1039/d0fo03457f.
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Phenolic compounds of blueberries ( Vaccinium spp) as a protective strategy against skin cell damage induced by ROS: A review of antioxidant potential and antiproliferative capacity

Daniela A Maya-Cano, Sandra Arango-Varela, Gloria A Santa-Gonzalez
Heliyon. 2021 Feb 17;7(2):e06297.
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Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) study: Rationale, design and baseline characteristics of a randomized control trial of the MIND diet on cognitive decline

Xiaoran Liu, Martha Clare Morris, Klodian Dhana, Jennifer Ventrelle, Kathleen Johnson, Louise Bishop, Chiquia S Hollings, Adrianna Boulin, Nancy Laranjo, Benjamin J Stubbs, Xavier Reilly, Vincent J Carey, Yamin Wang, Jeremy D Furtado, Santica M Marcovina, Christy Tangney, Neelum T Aggarwal, Konstantinos Arfanakis, Frank M Sacks, Lisa L Barnes
Contemp Clin Trials. 2021 Mar;102:106270.
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Blueberry phenolics are associated with cognitive enhancement in supplemented healthy older adults

Rutledge GA, Sandhu AK, Miller MG, Edirisinghe I, Burton-Freeman BB, Shukitt-Hale B.
Food Funct. 2021 Jan 7;12(1):107-118.
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