Blueberry Extract has potent anti-inflammatory and pain relieving activity
Rats were fed a crude extract of mushed up Blueberries preserved in alcohol. They then had different chemicals injected into their paw that cause pain, inflammation, and swelling. Feeding the rats the highest serving size of Blueberries decreased swelling in their paw by up to 82%. The Blueberry Extract also decreased the sensation of pain and free radical damage significantly and its effects were not that much less than the commonly used and powerful anti-inflammatory drug indomethacin. The study is published in the April 2007 issue of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology.