Several studies have already shown that red fruits such as strawberries or cranberries have protective effects on the brain and improve memory performance. A new study from the University of North Carolina (USA), published in the journal Nutrients, adds a new fruit to this list of protective foods: blueberries.
Rich in antioxidant flavonoids, which fight against the oxidation of our cells, blueberries also contain anthocyanins, which fight against cell aging. For this study, the researchers recruited about forty patients suffering from a moderate form of Alzheimer’s disease. Some received a daily dose of blueberry powder and others a flavored placebo powder. Patients were asked to consume the powder with their morning or evening meal mixed with water for 6 months.
At the end of this nutritional experiment, the blueberry group scored better on cognitive tests and better on daily memory tests.
“This is the first study of its kind to examine blueberry supplementation in middle-aged people at risk of future health problems and dementia in later life,” said the study’s lead author, Prof. Robert Krikorian. “Importantly, this research provides evidence that blueberry supplementation can improve…
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