The Seventh Biennial Berry Health Benefits Symposium
Guest Editors Navindra Seeram and Britt Burton-Freeman introduce the themed issue on work presented at the Seventh Biennial Berry Health Benefits Symposium, held in California, US.
Dietary fruits and arthritis
Arthritis is a global health concern affecting a significant proportion of the population and associated with reduced quality of life.
Progress in the understanding of the pathology of allergic asthma and the potential of fruit proanthocyanidins as modulators of airway inflammation
The potential of fruit proanthocyanidins to modulate airway inflammation through interactions with immune cells and the microbiome.
Mitigating the effects of high fat diet on the brain and behavior with berry supplementation
Berries are rich in bioactive compounds like anthocyanins and show promise for mitigating the effects of high fat diet on the brain and behavior.
Protective effects of fisetin and other berry flavonoids in Parkinson's disease
Parkinson's disease (PD) is an age-associated degenerative disease of the midbrain that results from the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra.
Strawberries decrease circulating levels of tumor necrosis factor and lipid peroxides in obese adults with knee osteoarthritis
Objective: Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is increasingly prevalent in obese people, who often have high cardio-metabolic risk factors. We examined effects of strawberries on knee OA.
Assessing the consumption of berries and associated factors in the United States using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 2007–2012
Intake of berries was assessed relative to other fruit and fruit juices and total fruit intake in the U.S. population age 2 years and older using the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2007–2012.
An exploratory study of red raspberry (Rubus idaeus L.) (poly)phenols/metabolites in human biological samples
Characterization of red raspberry (poly)phenols in fruit, their metabolism, and presence in human biological samples after acute and chronic intake.
Metabolic fate of strawberry polyphenols after chronic intake in healthy older adults
Strawberry (poly)phenols produce an array of metabolites, some that persist in plasma while others are acutely enhanced when eaten chronically.
Polyphenol-enriched berry extracts naturally modulate reactive proteins in model foods
Healthy foods like polyphenol-rich berries and high quality edible proteins are in demand in today's functional food marketplace, but it can be difficult to formulate convenient food products with physiologically-relevant amounts of these ingredients and still maintain product quality.
Raspberry differentially improves age-related declines in psychomotor function dependent on baseline motor ability
Daily consumption of 1/2 to 2 cups of red raspberry led to enhanced motor performance, particularly in animals that were poor performers at baseline.
Human anthocyanin bioavailability: effect of intake duration and dosing
Flavonoid-based metabolites arising from Blueberry anthocyanins are well retained in vivo.
Impact of daily strawberry consumption on blood pressure and arterial stiffness in pre- and stage 1-hypertensive postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled trial
Strawberries may improve health of hypertensive postmenopausal women.
The effect of cognitive demand on performance of an executive function task following wild blueberry supplementation in 7 to 10 years old children
Previously, cognitive benefits of acute flavonoid interventions with children have primarily been found in memory function. The findings here indicate that flavonoid benefits can be extended to executive function. This is particularly evident where the task is more cognitively demanding.
Exosomal delivery of berry anthocyanidins for the management of ovarian cancer
The exosomal formulation of berry Anthos elicits potent therapeutic activity against both the drug-sensitive and drug-resistant human ovarian cancer cells in vitro and in vivo.
The effect of dietary factors on strawberry anthocyanins oral bioavailability
Strawberries are a dietary source of anthocyanins, particularly pelargonidin glycosides.
Blueberry supplementation attenuates oxidative stress within monocytes and modulates immune cell levels in adults with metabolic syndrome: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial
Blueberry supplementation for six weeks significantly attenuated oxidative stress in the monocytes in patients with MetS.
Consumption of a single serving of red raspberries per day reduces metabolic syndrome parameters in high-fat fed mice
Intake of one daily serving of raspberry ameliorates the symptoms of metabolic syndrome in a high fat diet fed C57BL/6J mouse model.
A serving of blueberry (V. corymbosum) acutely improves peripheral arterial dysfunction in young smokers and non-smokers: two randomized, controlled, crossover pilot studies
The consumption of a blueberry portion (300 g) temporarily reversed the impairment in arterial function in smokers and non-smokers.
Stabilization of anthocyanins in blackberry juice by glutathione fortification
Blackberry anthocyanins provide attractive color and antioxidant activity.
The composition of potentially bioactive triterpenoid glycosides in red raspberry is influenced by tissue, extraction procedure and genotype
The composition of potentially bioactive triterpenoids differs between different tissues and varieties of raspberries, but are readily available from juices and purees.
In vitro assessment of the ability of probiotics, blueberry and food carbohydrates to prevent S. pyogenes adhesion on pharyngeal epithelium and modulate immune responses
A combination of guar, blueberry and lactobacilli may represent a novel strategy to preserve pharyngeal health.
Cranberry Proanthocyanidins – Protein complexes for macrophage activation
In this work we characterize the interaction of cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) proanthocyanidins (PAC) with bovine serum albumin (BSA) and hen egg-white lysozyme (HEL) and determine the effects of these complexes on macrophage activation and antigen presentation.
A study of glycaemic effects following acute anthocyanin-rich blueberry supplementation in healthy young adults
The postprandial response to ingested carbohydrate is recognised as a marker of metabolic health, and is altered favourably by the consumption of anthocyanin-rich wild blueberry.
Cranberries improve postprandial glucose excursions in type 2 diabetes
An overview of the role of dried cranberries in reducing postprandial hyperglycemia and inflammation in type 2 diabetes and the subsequent risks of vascular complications.
About this collection
This collection, Guest Edited by Navindra Seeram and Britt Burton Freeman, features selected articles from the 7th Biennial Berry Health Benefits Symposium, held at Pismo Beach, CA, USA, March 28-30, 2017, showcasing research into how berries positively impact human health. Sessions at the symposium covered cancer, leukaemia, diabetes, gut health, metabolism, brain aging, heart health and more. New articles will be added to this collection as they are published.