BRAIN HEALTH | 7.25.2016 | BY DAYA ALEXANDER GRANT, PH.D., M.S.
We already know that blueberries are a ‘super fruit’ that can protect against heart disease and the growth of cancer cells, due to their high levels of a variety of antioxidants. They also contain Vitamin A, which is important for maintaining good eyesight. However, blueberries are also one of the best brain foods - and they’re so good!
In a recent study, led by researcher, Dr. Robert Krikorian, adults with mild cognitive impairment (which can be a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease) ingested either blueberry powder or a placebo for 16 weeks. The group who received blueberry powder demonstrated improved memory and word recall, as well as greater brain activity as measured via magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These results bolster previous pre-clinical studies that also showed the benefit of blueberries on memory. Severe TBI is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, so this research is of particular interest.
Reap the benefits of blueberries this summer! Make some blueberry jam, top flatbread with ricotta and blueberries, or just eat them fresh from the Farmer’s Market.