Thursday, 09 March 2017 16:24

New study on blueberries states they may improve mood and reduce depression Featured

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STATEWIDE - There's good news for Maine's blueberry industry and for the people who eat them. It turns out the little blueberries may prevent blue moods.

It's always good to hear good news about our home state berry.

 

According to a recent study, depression in children ages 12 to 20 in the United States has been on the rise since 2005. That data shows girls experience it more than boys. New research out of London found consuming wild Maine blueberries may significantly boost the mood of young people.

 

Researchers have a pretty good idea that it's the related to the natural compounds in wild blueberries that are flavonoids.

 

Wild Blueberry Nutrition Coordinator, Kit Broiher "People have known for years that blueberries are good for the brain. More research needs to be done but the study seems to indicate eating wild Maine blueberries could help promote positive mood and reduce the risk of depression."

 

This is something that's easy for people to incorporate into their children's diet and their own diet multiple times a day.

 

Researchers said the fact they just taste good is a plus.

 

Broiher concluded "We just like to eat them but it's nice to realize these are really some healthy, potent little berries."