LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A company in Lexington has found a way to put the medicinal use of blackberries into gum.
Paige Shumate Short is the owner of the Four Tigers berry care company.
According to The Kentucky Enquirer (http://bit.ly/15zesVT), one day Short was passing a TV in her den and saw a report about University of Kentucky researchers working with black raspberries.
She thought about making use of blackberries, which her late father grew on his farm, and are known for their healthy antioxidant properties.
Since June, Short's company has begun stocking its debut product, gums -- BerryCare Toothpaste Gum and BerryCare's Quick Energy Gum -- at regional Kroger stores.
The toothpaste gum contains 50 milligrams of blackberry powder, and the blackberry BerryCare energy gum contains 40 milligrams of caffeine in addition to its blackberry powder.
Short says her company is looking at other ways to use the blackberries that include a lozenge, as well as cosmetics and skin-care products that capitalize on the natural sunscreen in blackberries.
Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com