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Blueberry researchers need eaters

Wednesday, January 23, 2002
Associated Press

DANBURY Researchers are looking for people in the greater Danbury area to eat blueberries for science.

The study follows the research done by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University in Boston.

In 1999, researchers found aging rats could recover their balance, coordination and short-term memory if fed a diet rich in blueberry extract.

"I don't know of an area of research on food that has more hope," Rolf Martin of New Milford, who is coordinating the project, said.

The Blueberry Study met last week with seniors at the New Fairfield Senior Center and found about 50 people willing to join the project.

"We're aiming at 100 people and we got 50. I'm thinking we might go to another senior center to recruit more," Martin said.

The people who sign up for the study must be at least 60 years old; people with debilitating diseases such as multiple sclerosis or Alzheimer's disease can participate.

They will get a two-month supply of berries supplied by the Wild Blueberry Association and the Michigan Blueberry Growers association.

The berries will be flash-frozen and delivered to Stew Leonard's supermarket in Danbury. Those who participate in the study must live within two hours' driving time of Danbury so the blueberries do not thaw out before they can bring them home.

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