Wild blueberry boosts numbers of friendly bacteria

By 25. November 2011Blog, Health, Nutrition

Researchers based in Italy and the US have found that drinking a wild blueberry juice every morning for 6 weeks increases the number of Bifidobacteria (some of which are probiotic) in the gut.

Wild blueberries contain higher levels of anthocyanins than cultivated types. These flavaniods have been shown to have protective effects against cancer, neurological diseases, inflammation and diabetes to name a few. The results suggest regular consumption of wild blueberry can have a positive effect on the composition of intestinal microbiota.

The full publication is available on the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry website.