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Blueberries and Your Brain


I get asked what is easy and delicious to eat that really, truly, based on research, helps your brain.

Well, here you go – BLUEBERRIES! Blueberries are a delicious and nutritious fruit that have been found to have a variety of health benefits. Recently, researchers from King's College London conducted a study that found that adding just a handful of blueberries to your daily diet can help reduce blood pressure, improve memory and cognitive function, and boost reaction times.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Gerontology, involved 40 healthy volunteers between the ages of 50 and 75. The participants were divided into two groups, one consuming a daily dose of 200g of blueberries for one month. In contrast, the other group consumed a placebo.

At the end of the study, the researchers found that the group that consumed the blueberries had significantly lower blood pressure compared to the placebo group. The blueberry group also had improved cognitive function, memory, and faster reaction times.

These findings are significant because high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, which are among the leading causes of death worldwide. Additionally, cognitive decline is a common issue among older adults, and any interventions that can help improve cognitive function and memory are highly valuable.

The researchers believe that the beneficial effects of blueberries are due to their high levels of flavonoids, which are natural compounds that have been found to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Flavonoids have also been linked to improved blood vessel function and cognitive performance.

While this study focused on older adults, the researchers believe that the benefits of blueberries could extend to people of all ages. Adding blueberries to your daily diet is an easy and delicious way to improve your health and well-being.

Grab a handful of blueberries (superfood) every day and feed your brain! I do it every morning and night.

 

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