Blueberries’ benefits are better than you think

Blueberries’ benefits are better than you think

Blueberries’ benefits are better than you think

Blueberries’ benefits are better than you think, or at least better than most people think, according to new research from the University of Florida.

The new study shows that consumers know some of the benefits that blueberries provide, but they are not familiar with the anti-aging, vision health, and memory health benefits.

Shuyang Qu, a doctoral student in agricultural education and communication at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, led the research.

Qu and her colleagues set out to determine how much consumers truly know about blueberries’ health benefits and if there is a knowledge gap amongst different types of demographics.

The study details
Researchers surveyed more than 2,000 people in 31 states – mostly on the East Coast and in the Midwest – to see what they know about the health benefits of blueberries. Most were aware of the benefits of blueberries in warding off cancer and lowering the risk of heart disease. The UF/IFAS study also found that low-income populations tend to know less about blueberry health benefits.

People being more familiar with blueberries as deterrents for cancer and heart disease may be related to the high general awareness of these two diseases,” Qu said. “The fact that cancer and heart diseases are the leading causes of death in America may have led to more personal research related to preventing the diseases, leading to the respondents being exposed to these findings more than other benefits.”

Previous studies have shown even more benefits of blueberries. Blueberries help fight dementia, reduce heart disease risk, and lower blood pressure and inflammation.

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Wild blueberries lower blood pressure and inflammation.
Eating blueberries reduces heart disease risk.
Eating blueberries fights dementia.

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