Blueberries can improve your memory

A study by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, is the first to show a potential benefit of blueberries in improving memory in older adults at risk for dementia. In the past blueberries have been well known for being a powerful antioxidant.  But they are more.... Rats (don't  ya' love 'em) who were given the equivalent of a cup a day had an improved memory capacity, much like other test subjects that were much younger.

A lot of times people who we perceive to have memory problems are older than 50+. While it becomes evident in certain individuals, the fact of the matter is that the memory can often start to decline in people as young as 45. It just doesn't become apparent until they are older because in a lot of cases, those people who realize it's happening have a way of hiding it, or passing it off as natural.

This has been documented in a paper and published in the journal Annals of Neurology. German and US researchers report that cognitive decline could be delayed by up to 2½ years in elderly people who eat more of the flavonoid-rich berries.

Dr. Michael T Murray said:

Blueberries are an excellent source of flavonoids, especially anthocyanidins. These antioxidant compounds are responsible for the blue, purple, and red pigments. Blueberries are also a very good source of vitamin C, soluble fiber, and insoluble fiber, such as pectin. In addition, they are a good source of manganese, vitamin E, and riboflavin.

It's said, on average, performance on the cognition tasks worsened as the subjects got older. The declines were steepest among the oldest participants, who were aged 65-70 at the beginning of the 10-year study period in 1997-99. But even for the youngest participants, aged 45-49 in 1997-99, average skills declined with age in every one of the test categories except vocabulary.

Science Daily also published a report that says:

"We provide the first epidemiologic evidence that berries may slow progression of cognitive decline in elderly women," notes Dr. Devore. "Our findings have significant public health implications as increasing berry intake is a fairly simple dietary modification to test cognition protection in older adults."

If you click the link above to the report, you will see there are other articles about aging and memory.

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