Can Wild Blueberries Boost Your Memory? NC State PHHI on the Today Show

April 06, 2018

Originally posted and aired on the Today Show. Follow the link to view the segment. This week, TODAY is exploring longevity foods with unique, health-boosting properties that may help you live longer. With plenty of fiber and different vitamins, many fresh fruits are great for you — but we’re truly wild for wild blueberries. Having […]

National Blueberry Month at the NC Research Campus

July 17, 2017

Together with the US Department of Agriculture, the North American Blueberry Council declares July “National Blueberry Month.” The blueberry may be small, but it’s packed with healthy compounds responsible for both the berry’s color and several properties that protect against human diseases. At the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, scientists devote their studies to […]

Leading blueberry and cranberry researchers convene in Kannapolis

May 11, 2017

Read the original article by Deirdre Smith from the Salisbury Post. KANNAPOLIS — Around the table were a plant physiologist, a bioinformatist, a breeder, an economist and a post-harvest physiologist, among others. A multidisciplinary force and a collaborative spirit were driving the discussions at the N.C. Research Campus on April 24 and 25 when an international group […]

Red Cabbage vs Power Blueberries

April 07, 2017

By Caryn Rabin. Read the original aritcle on The Straits Times. Q: How does red cabbage compare to blueberries, nutritionally speaking? A: Red cabbage is a low-calorie food that is a good source of vitamins. But if you are looking for a big infusion of the potent antioxidants that blueberries are famous for, “you’re not […]

Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries

March 21, 2017

Ingredients: 2 cups rolled oats 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups milk 1 large egg 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 cups blueberries, or other berries, fresh or frozen Preparation: Preheat the oven to 375F Butter […]

Blueberry Consumption Affects Serum Uric Acid Concentrations in Older Adults in a Sex-Specific Manner

December 08, 2016

Carol L. Cheatham, Itzel Vazquez-Vidal, Amanda Medlin and V. Saroja Voruganti (2016). Blueberry Consumption Affects Serum Uric Acid Concentrations in Older Adults in a Sex-Specific Manner. Antioxidants 2016, 5(4), 43; doi:10.3390/antiox5040043. Author Affiliations 1. Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA 2. Nutrition Research Institute, […]

P2EP Veteran Samantha Case, a Scientist Shaped by Blueberries, Broccoli and Summer Interns 

August 09, 2016

One more year of dissertation writing and graduate student Samantha Case will earn the right to add “PhD” to the end of her name. Case’s journey from undergraduate biology major to budding scientist is defined by blueberry and broccoli metabolomics research and the experience of simultaneously mentoring summer interns as part of the Plant Pathways […]


Blueberry Farro Salad

July 01, 2016

Blueberry Farro Salad Ingredients: Blueberries Farro Celery Bell Pepper Olive Oil Cumin Coriander Red Onion Green Onion Sunflower Seeds Cider Vinegar Maple Syrup Preparation: Cook 1 cup of farro according to package. Rinse with cold water. Add 2 cups blueberries, 1 cup diced celery, 1 cup diced bell pepper, 1/2 cup diced red onion, 5 […]

5 Ways Berries Can Improve Your Health

May 26, 2016

Originally published in Charlotte Magazine by Allison Futterman Scientist Mary Ann Lila is internationally known for her work with berries. As director of N.C. State’s Plants for Human Health Institute at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, she’s involved in projects with the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Army, and NASA. She and […]

What’s in a Superfood?

December 16, 2015

By Kara Marker, NCRC Marketing You’ve probably heard the term “superfood” in reference to certain fruits, vegetables, and grains, but what exactly does it mean in terms of nutrition? These foods are usually given this title because they have large amounts of nutrients that naturally prevent disease and boost longevity.  Here at the North Carolina […]

Blueberry & Squash Medley

November 18, 2015

½ cup winter squash, roasted and diced 2 ears of corn 2 pints blueberries, chopped ½ lime, juiced ¼ cup cilantro, chopped 2 tbsp mint, chopped 3 tbsp olive oil 2 tsp sea salt 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp cinnamon *Add up to 1 tsp finely chopped jalapeno pepper, according to personal preference, for heat. […]

A Banana Peel a Day Keeps the . . .

October 15, 2015

What you need to know about some zany food claims by Jennifer Anju Grossman Read the original article on Healthzette. “Banana peels are good for you.” “Better to nosh on the peel than the actual fruit, which contains lots of fructose.” “Banana peels are the best weight-loss weapon ever.” Most busy people have no idea […]

Costa Rican Scientists Return to NCRC for Planning, P2EP Symposium

July 27, 2015

    Only two months after their first visit, Costa Rican representatives return to the NC Research Campus to formalize collaborative research initiatives.  Kannapolis, NC– A delegation from Costa Rica returns to the NC Research Campus (NCRC) to discuss collaborative research opportunities, attend the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) Research Symposium and arrange for a doctoral […]

Make 2015 the Happiest, Healthiest and Fittest Year Yet

December 18, 2014

  For inspiration to make 2015 your happiest, healthiest and fittest year yet, take a look at some of our top research headlines from 2014. Powerful Polyphenols   A collaborative study by three campus partners found that exercise helps the body absorb health-boosting, plant compounds called polyphenols, specifically those found in blueberries and green tea. The same […]

NCRC Study Finds Polyphenol-Packed Diet Shields Athletes from Illness

September 22, 2014

BusinessWire September 22, 2014 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time KANNAPOLIS, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NC Research Campus (NCRC) scientists have found that a polyphenol-packed diet may keep athletes’ immune systems revved up before and after intense exercise. Numerous studies show that athletes, especially marathon runners, experience depressed immune systems for up to 72 hours after competing. In a […]

Polyphenols Shield Against Exercise-Induced Viral Infections

September 04, 2014

For athletes, polyphehols from foods like blueberries and green tea may be the best defense against the common cold and other viral infections. Viral Defense Shield Polyphenols are bioactive compounds in fruits and vegetables that research links to health benefits like anti-aging, anti-inflammation and anti-viral effects. A recent study conducted by NC Research Campus (NCRC) […]