Wild Blueberries in the News

  • November 20, 2015

    4 Brain Foods for Kids


    In a new study published in the European Journal of Nutrition, kids ages 7-10 did better on tests of memory and attention, including recalling words from a list and ignoring distractions, after drinking a beverage made with wild blueberries than they did when they had a placebo drink.

  • September 4, 2015

    Wild Blueberry Extract May Help Prevent Gum Disease

    ACS News

    According to a study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, an extract from Wild Blueberries could help prevent the formation of plague on teeth, which can lead to gum disease and periodontitis.

  • May 18, 2015

    American Council on Exercise

    ACE Fitness

    Research shows a polyphenol-rich diet that contains blueberries (and green tea) has the potential to protect athletes form virus infections following intense periods of exercise.

  • April 30, 2015

    Blueberry-rich Diet May Prevent Metabolic Syndrome

    Nature World News

    A nutritionist at the University of Maine has found more evidence that wild blueberries, when eaten regularly in high volumes, may help improve or prevent pathologies associated with metabolic syndrome, including diabetes and heart disease.

  • April 21, 2015

    A Diet Might Cut the Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s

    Wall Street Journal

    The MIND diet was developed by researchers at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center, whose recent study found that certain foods could help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers spent two years developing the MIND diet, which includes brain healthy foods like berries and greens.

  • January 14, 2015

    Blueberries May Lower Blood Pressure

    New York Times

    Can a cup of blueberries keep the doctor away? Maybe.

    Researchers conducted a random, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 40 postmenopausal women ages 45 to 65 with high blood pressure. Half ate 22 grams of freeze-dried blueberry powder (equivalent to a cup of blueberries) daily for eight weeks. The others consumed an identical-looking and tasting placebo.

  • September 16, 2014

    A Wild Blueberry adventure including bruschetta with tomatoes and Wild Blueberries

    The Nutrition Twins

    As you know, we live for our produce! So when the Wild Blueberry Association of North America  invited us to join them for a press trip in Bar Harbor Maine with fellow registered dietitians and bloggers to visit the wild blueberry fields, learn all about their health benefits and enjoy incredible Wild Blueberry inspired meals, we jumped at the opportunity!

  • September 16, 2014

    Tiny wild blueberries deliver big nutrition

    Atlanta Journal

    Good things come in small packages. The same can be said of the tiny wild Maine blueberry being harvested this time of year on otherwise barren rocky fields. In fact, the land in northern Maine where these short scruffy bushes grow is referred to as “the barrens.”

  • September 15, 2014

    Meet: Fourth-generation blueberry farmer Todd Merrill

    Portland Press Herald

    Todd Merrill’s family-owned company, based in Ellsworth, has been in business since 1925, and he’s a fourth-generation blueberry farmer/processor. But he spent the first half of his career working elsewhere and returned to run the company just seven years ago. Since then he’s led Merrill Blueberry Farms to become the first – and only – company in the country to process organic wild blueberries for the frozen market. We talked to him about innovations, visits from rabbis and why Maine teenagers should get themselves up to Ellsworth and start raking.

  • September 8, 2014

    Selling Maine’s Wild Blueberries, One Tweet at a Time

    Portland Press Herald

    On a cloudy August day on the blueberry barrens, about a dozen female bloggers from around the country, most of them registered dietitians, picked up metal blueberry rakes and obligingly stooped to conquer Maine’s wild blueberry.