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Better Health Through Wild Blueberries

The 20-year Science Behind the Tiny Potent Berry

We all know how delicious wild blueberries are. How about their health benefits? Read on and see what the science says about the disease fighting potential of wild blueberries.

Brain Health

Years of research show that a good diet — and specifically one including wild blueberries — has been linked to improved memory and overall brain health.
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Heart Health

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death worldwide.1 A growing body of evidence based on 20+ years of research shows that the purple-blue anthocyanins found in wild blueberries protect the cardiovascular system, reducing blood pressure and reducing risk of clogged blood vessels. 2,3
Antioxidants & Anthocyanins

Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

A healthy diet is one of the best ways to prevent metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. As a low-glycemic food, wild blueberries can help you maintain healthy blood sugar. In one study, subjects who ate wild blueberries daily for six weeks improved insulin sensitivity.4

Vision

The deep pigments of wild blueberries (a.k.a. anthocyanins) have been shown to improve vision recovery after exposure to bright light (for example, helping you recover quicker after seeing bright headlights while driving at night). Anthocyanins have also been shown to help eyes by lowering blood and fluid pressure and possibly reducing the likelihood of cataracts.5

More Wild Research Explored

Ongoing research into wild blueberries is looking into how they can help with exercise performance and recovery, with wound healing, and with the prevention of bone loss.
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Twice the antioxidants of ordinary blueberries

When you want blueberries, pick wild. Feed your brain the good stuff.

The antioxidant king, wild blueberries have two times more antioxidants than even ordinary blueberries.6 And they're jam-packed (no pun intended) with anthocyanins, which give them their deep purplish color have been shown to fight inflammation in humans.

Antioxidants & Anthocyanins

Mean Scores for Total ORAC µmol TE/100 g and TP mg GAE/100 g
http://www.orac-info-portal.de/download/ORAC_R2.pdf (pg. 20)

A Tiny Nutritional Powerhouse

Compared to ordinary blueberries, wild Maine blueberries have...*

* USDA/Food Data Central legacy analysis of 1 cup frozen wild blueberries vs. 1 cup raw blueberries. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/

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Wild Blueberries Health Benefits Science

  1. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Consumer Education Factsheet “Heart Disease.” https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/docs/ConsumerEd_HeartDisease.pdf
  2. Kalt, W. et al, Recent Research on the Health Benefits of Blueberries and Their Anthocyanins, Adv Nutr2019;00:1-13. https://academic.oup.com/advances/advance-article/doi/10.1093/advances/nmz065/5536953 
  3. Stull, AJ et al, Journal of Nutrition 2010, 140:10. https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/140/10/1764/4600255 
  1. Klimis-Zacas, D. et al, Wild Blueberries Attenuate Risk Factors of the Metabolic Syndrome. Journal of Berry Research 2016, 6:2. https://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-berry-research/jbr136#ref011 
  2. Kalt, W. et al, Recent Research on the Health Benefits of Blueberries and Their Anthocyanins, Adv Nutr 2019, 00:1-13. https://academic.oup.com/advances/advance-article/doi/10.1093/advances/nmz065/5536953
  3. Haytowitz, D.B. et al, USDA Database for the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) of Selected Foods, Release 2. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, Nutrient Data Laboratory http://www.orac-info-portal.de/download/ORAC_R2.pdf

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