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.

Blueberry intervention improves metabolic syndrome risk factors: systematic review and meta-analysis

Marina Fernandes Carvalho, Ana Beatriz Araújo Lucca, Vítor Rodrigues Ribeiro E Silva, Leandro Roberto de Macedo, Maísa Silva
Nutr Res. 2021 Jul;91:67-80.
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Role of Dietary Flavonoid Compounds in Driving Patterns of Microbial Community Assembly

Kerry L Ivey, Andrew T Chan, Jacques Izard, Aedin Cassidy, Geraint B Rogers, Eric B Rimm
mBio. 2019 Sep 24;10(5):e01205-19.
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Molecular Mechanism and Health Role of Functional Ingredients in Blueberry for Chronic Disease in Human Beings

Luyao Ma, Zhenghai Sun, Yawen Zeng, Mingcan Luo, Jiazhen Yang
Int J Mol Sci. 2018 Sep 16;19(9):2785.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Skeletal Protection and Promotion of Microbiome Diversity by Dietary Boosting of the Endogenous Antioxidant Response

Amy Y Sato, Gretel G Pellegrini, Meloney Cregor, Kevin McAndrews, Roy B Choi, Maria Maiz, Olivia Johnson, Linda D McCabe, George P McCabe, Mario G Ferruzzi, Mary A Lila, Munro Peacock, David B Burr, Cindy H Nakatsu, Connie M Weaver, Teresita Bellido
J Bone Miner Res . 2021 Apr;36(4):768-778.
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Postdiagnostic Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Breast Cancer Survival: Prospective Analyses in the Nurses’ Health Studies

Maryam S Farvid, Michelle D Holmes, Wendy Y Chen, Bernard A Rosner, Rulla M Tamimi, Walter C Willett, A Heather Eliassen
Cancer Res . 2020 Nov 15;80(22):5134-5143.
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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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