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Eating wild blueberries each day could reverse cognitive decline in elderly people, a new study highlighting the oft-dubbed superfood’s potential finds.
Researchers from the University of North Carolina found that elderly Americans who were already suffering from demonstrable cognitive issues could benefit greatly from eating the fruit each day. In many cases, their brain health reached the same levels of people with no known history of cognitive decline.
There are currently no known cures for conditions like dementia. Reliable treatments to slow down its progression have not been discovered either. The findings of this study are potentially groundbreaking, showing that a simple fruit can potentially do what medicine developed after decades of medical research could not.
Researchers used data from 86 elderly adults between the ages of 65 and 80.
“Phytochemicals are compounds in plants that develop to defend the plant from environmental stress, fungi, bacteria, and viruses,” said Dr. Mary Ann Lila, an author of the paper from North Carolina State University.
”Once consumed by humans, they transfer these health benefits to us. The research study conducted here at the NRI shows that the phytochemicals specific to the wild blueberry are important for brain health.”
The findings were published earlier this month in Nutritional Neuroscience.
Interesting research showing that eating blueberries (a low sugar fruit) can help your body manage glucose levels. Wild blueberries are even more effective.
— Lori Shemek, PhD (@LoriShemek) September 20, 2022
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