Blueberry Research Suggests Health Benefits

— Written By Darlene McQuillan and last updated by

  BlueberryAmericans eat about three times more fresh blueberries today than we did 10 years ago. Part of the increase in consumption might be attributed to the new information that’s available about the benefits of eating blueberries. Blueberries pack a lot of nutritional punch: They’re low in calories and rich in vitamin C. Recent research suggests that blueberries might improve cholesterol and enhance cardio health, as well.

Studies by Agricultural Research Service scientists have been conducted primarily with laboratory animals or cell cultures and may provide a useful foundation for follow-up studies with humans. Such clinical trials are essential in order to determine whether responses to blueberry compounds observed in lab animals or cells also occur in people.

To read about more of the results of the blueberry research, visit this USDA link:

http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/may11/fruit0511.htm