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Blueberry Juice May Boost Brain Health

 

Drinking blueberry juice may help keep your brain sharp as you age, a new study finds. According to the study’s authors, this is the first human-based evidence to show that blueberry can enhance memory.

For the study, a group of older adults with early signs of memory decline drank two to two-and-a-half cups of blueberry juice daily for two months. Meanwhile, a control group drank a beverage that did not contain blueberry juice. At the end of the two months, those who’d consumed the blueberry juice showed significant improvement on learning and memory tests. These findings suggest that blueberry juice may help slow up age-related loss of structure or function of nerve cells, according to the report.

Blueberries contain compounds that offer antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, which could contribute to blueberry juice’s effects on brain health. In past studies, natural substances such as resveratrol and ginkgo biloba have also been found to shield the brain from aging-related damage.

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February 19, 2010 - Posted by | 1

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