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.

Browse the research topics below to view the collection of in-depth blueberry science, and explore the following overview of research specifically funded by the USHBC.

In vitro binding of bile acids by blueberries (Vaccinium spp.), plums (Prunus spp.), prunes (Prunus spp.), strawberries (Fragaria X ananassa), cherries (Malpighia punicifolia), cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon) and apples (Malus sylvestris)

Kahlon, T.S., Smith, G.E.
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Effect of daily fruit ingestion on angiotensin converting enzyme activity, blood pressure, and oxidative stress in chronic smokers

Steven R McAnulty, Lisa S McAnulty, Jason D Morrow, Daniel Khardouni, Lesli Shooter, James Monk, Sarah Gross, Victor Brown
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Effect of Vaccinium ashei reade leaves on angiotensin converting enzyme activity in vitro and on systolic blood pressure of spontaneously hypertensive rats in vivo

Hiroshi Sakaida, Koji Nagao, Kouki Higa, Bungo Shirouchi, Nao Inoue, Fumie Hidaka, Takanori Kai, Teruyoshi Yanagita
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Effect of Vaccinium ashei reade leaves on lipid metabolism in Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima Fatty rats

Koji Nagao, Kouki Higa, Bungo Shirouchi, Saori Nomura, Nao Inoue, Masashi Inafuku, Teruyoshi Yanagita
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Survival and cardioprotective benefits of long-term blueberry enriched diet in dilated cardiomyopathy following myocardial infarction in rats

Ismayil Ahmet, Edward Spangler, Barbara Shukitt-Hale, James A Joseph, Donald K Ingram, Mark Talan
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Hepatic gene expression related to lower plasma cholesterol in hamsters fed high-fat diets supplemented with blueberry peels and peel extract

Hyunsook Kim, Glenn E Bartley, Agnes M Rimando, Wallace Yokoyama
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Blueberries decrease cardiovascular risk factors in obese men and women with metabolic syndrome

Arpita Basu, Mei Du, Misti J Leyva, Karah Sanchez, Nancy M Betts, Mingyuan Wu, Christopher E Aston, Timothy J Lyons
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