Eating blueberries is a good habit to maintain cognitive capacities and improve many health aspects


As nearly six million older adults live with dementia in the United States and no specific treatment is known, scientists at the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center studied some benefic effects of eating blueberries, which contain bioactive flavonoid compounds called anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins.They also contain quercetin, kaempferol, myricetin, and chlorogenic acid. Blueberries are placed among the top fruits and vegetables for nutrient density. “We had observed cognitive benefits with blueberries in prior studies with older adults and thought they might be effective in younger individuals with insulin resistance,” said Professor Robert Krikorian, a researcher in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience. The 12 weeks experiment included a placebo group. The others received daily powders that contained the equivalent of one-half cup of whole blueberries. Those in the blueberry-treated group showed improvement on cognitive tasks. More effects were also observed.


Berry fruit supplementation has the potential to produce varied health benefits. “The blueberry group displayed an additional mild degree of higher mitochondrial uncoupling, a cellular process that has been associated with greater longevity and reduced oxidative stress. Oxidative stress can lead to symptoms like fatigue and memory loss,” Professor Krikorian said. Although more research is needed, blueberries are strongly linked to various different elements of healthful living. There are various way to have : as fresh toppings on oatmeal, waffles, pancakes, yogurt, or cereal; in a smoothie; in some salades; into muffins and sweet breads, and more.