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Study Shows Blueberries and Omega-3s Are Great for Your Brain

blueberries and omega 3s are great for brain

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  • A recent study noted that your brain measurably benefits from the anthocyanins in blueberries and the omega-3 fats in certain fish
  • Pterostilbene, a compound in blueberries, contains potent antioxidants that may increase bioavailability compared to other stilbene compounds, and may both improve and prevent neurological disease, inflammation, vascular disease and diabetes
  • Resveratrol is a plant extract that mimics many of the same beneficial effects as pterostilbene, such as restricting calories; both regulate genes implicated in such diseases as diabetes, atherosclerosis and age-related disorders
  • One study found that omega-3 supplementation can bring about an increase in bacteria that produces several short-chain fatty acids
  • Healthy levels of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA are fairly rare worldwide except in areas where fish is eaten often; in the U.S., around 95 percent of the population is omega-3 deficient

By Dr. Mercola

While it might sound like a joke is coming — what blueberries and omega-3 fats have in common — it's instead some really good news: Both of them have the potential to boost your brain power, but in different ways. A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study, which lasted a total of 24 weeks and was recently published in Neurobiology of Aging, noted that, yes, your brain measurably benefits from the anthocyanins in blueberries and the fatty acids in certain fish.

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