Research shows that blueberries can actually slow the progression of age-related degenerative diseases and improve learning, memory and motor skills.
There’s no denying the popularity of blueberries, an all-American fruit that’s good in just about everything from hot oatmeal and savory salsas to homestyle pies and healthy smoothies. But blueberries are more than just a versatile, sweet fruit; they’re a powerful weapon in the battle against age-related degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This is especially encouraging news, since more than 30% of the U.S. population will be over age 65 by 2050.
These extraordinary health benefits come from a phytonutrient that gives the blueberry its jewel-tone color, called anthocyanin.
As we age, our brain cells become less effective at communicating with one another. Over time, neurological pathways are lost and brain function declines. Since phytonutrients have been shown to improve communication between cells, blueberries are actually working to slow cognitive decline and maintain or improve brain health.