Archive for June, 2011

Blueberries Help Lab Rats Build Strong Bones

June 24, 2011

At Little Rock, Arkansas, investigators Jin-Ran Chen (left) and Xianli Wu use a fluorescent microscope to view inside a rat bone in studies to evaluate the effects of blueberries on bone function. Photo courtesy of the USDA.Compounds in blueberries might turn out to have a powerful effect on formation of strong, healthy bones, if results from studies with laboratory rats turn out to hold true for humans.

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The Delightful Domesticated American Blueberry: Some Research Challenges for Its Next 100 Years

June 15, 2011

As millions of fans around the country will happily tell you, America’s blueberries are delicious to eat, as well as being good for you.

There are many unseen steps in the journey of this popular berry as it makes its way from growers’ fields to tables. For every major region in which commercial blueberries are grown, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service blueberry researchers provide new scientific findings to help smooth this journey.

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Breaking news: China opens to Chilean blueberries

June 10, 2011

Chilean blueberry exports have gained access to mainland China after more than two years of efforts by both public and private authorities in both countries, according to a press release from the Chilean Fresh Fruit Exporters’ Association (Asoex).

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Blueberry Jubilee

June 9, 2011

Tour the USDA’s Southern Horticulture Laboratory during the Blueberry Jubilee in Poplarville, MS on Saturday, June 11, 2011.

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Blueberries and Your Health: USDA Scientists Study Nutrition Secrets of Popular Fruit

June 8, 2011

Blueberries pack a lot of nutritional punch: they’re low in calories and rich in vitamin C.

Studies by USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA/ARS) scientists are expanding our science-based knowledge of this plump little fruit. The research, conducted primarily with labratory animals or cell cultures, may provide a useful foundation for follow-up studies with humans. Such clinical trials are essential in order to determine if responses to blueberry compounds observed in lab animals or cells also occur in people.

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Mammary gland development of blueberry-fed lab animals studied

June 7, 2011

In an early study that has paved the way to follow-up experiments, Rosalia C. M. Simmen of the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center (ACNC) in Little Rock, Ark., has determined that several indicators of rat mammary gland health were improved in the offspring (pups) of mothers (dams) that had been fed 5 percent blueberry powder in their rations during pregnancy and during the weeks that they nursed their pups.

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Oregon to Ship Blueberries to S. Korea

June 7, 2011

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon will become the first U.S. state to export blueberries to South Korea.

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Blueberries offer health benefits

June 3, 2011

With improved health on the minds of many Americans, right now is a good time to discover how important blueberries are in maintaining good health.

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USDA studies blueberry effects on cholesterol in lab animals

June 2, 2011

Laboratory hamsters that were fed rations spiked with blueberry peels and other blueberry-juice-processing leftovers had better cholesterol health than hamsters whose rations weren’t enhanced with blueberries.

Read more about Blueberry’s effects on cholesterol examined in lab animal study on www.extension.org/blueberries.