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Blueberry Research Volunteers wanted

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Scientists at Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, are looking for the final 50 volunteers to help unlock the health benefits of blueberries. This pioneering research is assessing how regular consumption of freeze-dried blueberries affects insulin resistance as well as heart, vascular, lung and cognitive function in overweight (BMI >25 kg/m2), but generally healthy 50-75 year old, non-smoking men and postmenopausal women.

To date, a quarter of the study population have finished the 6-month food intervention, with almost all (93%) stating the experience was rewarding and that they would recommend participation to others. Volunteers would be required to attend the University of East Anglia on six occasions (each ranging from 1 to 3 hours in duration) with optional extra visits. Volunteers would also be required to consume one sachet of either freeze-dried blueberries or a placebo (containing no blueberries) every day for 6 months and follow certain dietary guidelines. Travel expenses to the university (45 p/mile) and an inconvenience payment will be reimbursed.
If you are interested in participating and have no previous history of diabetes or cancer, and are not taking hormone replacement therapy, contact the study team directly via email: circles-study@uea.ac.uk or by phone: 01603 592424. Alternatively, visit our website: www.blueberrystudy.org for further information.