University of Coimbra research

Blueberry consumption positive for liver health

Portuguese Scientists from the University of Coimbra (UC) have found that “the continued consumption of blueberries has a strong hepatic impact”, providing important clues to guide the healthy consumption of these berries.

A multidisciplinary investigation by UC scientists concluded that “the continued consumption of blueberries, in daily doses of about 240 grams, has a strong impact on the liver, providing important clues to guide” its “healthy and safe consumption”.

The discovery, that has been published in the journal Pharmaceutics, came about during a study that aims to evaluate the possible beneficial effects of blueberry juice in the context of pre-diabetes.

Considering the enriched phytochemical composition of the blueberry, in a diversity of bioactive compounds that “seem to be able to confer innumerable protective effects in different conditions, it seemed [to the researchers] very pertinent to also perceive the impact of the consumption of this 'superfood' in the long term, in a healthy condition”, explained the study's coordinators.



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