Aug 7, 2019Paper reviews research of health benefits of blueberry anthocyanins
A new review paper, “Recent Research on the Health Benefits of Blueberries and Their Anthocyanins,” explores the scientific literature on blueberries’ potential health benefits, according a press release from the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC).
Published in “Advances in Nutrition,” the paper also looks at the research on anthocyanins (163.3 mg/100 g of blueberries) – the polyphenol (plant compound), that give blueberries their vibrant blue color, according to the press release. The paper acknowledges that while more clinical research is needed, the ways in which blueberry consumption contributes to a healthy diet are becoming clearer.
Wilhelmina Kalt, PhD, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Kentville Research and Development Centre, Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada (retired), the paper’s lead editor, said “this review of research findings will help consumers, healthcare providers and the food and health industry understand the current state of knowledge on blueberries and health.”
The authors reviewed results from human clinical studies as well as in vitro studies and animal research. Over half of the nearly 200 papers cited in the review were published in the last decade.
The review paper was funded by USHBC, but the council had no role in the design, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation or writing of the paper. For more information on blueberry nutrition research, visit blueberrycouncil.org/health-professionals/health-research/.