Blueberries are known as “super fruit”. They can lower the risk of heart disease and cancer, but the last research study has shown that blueberries can provide protection against Alzheimer’s disease.
“Our new findings corroborate those of previous animal studies and preliminary human studies, adding further support to the notion that blueberries can have a real benefit in improving memory and cognitive function in some older adults”, said Robert Krikorian from University of Cincinnati in the US.
In these study were involved 47 adults at 68 years or older, who had a risk condition for Alzheimer’s disease. They consumed either freeze-dried blueberry powder or placebo powder, for 16 weeks. It is equivalent to one cup of berries per day. According to Krikorian, “There was improvement in cognitive performance and brain function in those who had the blueberry powder compared with those who took the placebo. The blueberry group demonstrated improved memory and improved access to words and concepts”.
As well as helping to prevent Alzheimer’s, this super fruit has other health benefits:
Boost your brainpower
Blueberry juice can help to improve memory and concentration in primary school-age children.
Lower high blood pressure
Daily consumption of blueberries can help to relax the walls of the blood vessels. This will reduce the risk for hardening of the arteries, which can increase the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
This fruit has high fiber content which is good for your digestive system. Also, they are rich source of polyphenols (micronutrients) that have the ability to positively affect the intestinal environment.
Prevent hair from greying
Blueberries are rich of Vitamin B12 which is one of the major contributing factors to hair greying prematurely.