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Blueberries Give Your Brain a Boost

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  • Blueberries are rich in anthocyanins, flavonoids found in fruits with blue, red or dark purple hues, as well as other beneficial phytochemicals including caffeic acid, catechin, quercetin, kaempferol and tannin
  • Phytochemicals in blueberries have known antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antiproliferative properties, and are thought to play a beneficial role in brain aging and neurodegenerative disorders
  • When study participants between the ages of 60 and 75 years consumed freeze-dried blueberry in an amount equivalent to 1 cup of fresh blueberries daily, they experienced improved cognition after just 90 days
  • When kids aged 7 to 10 years consumed blueberry drinks, cognitive performance improved in a matter of hours

By Dr. Mercola

If you're in the mood for a snack that's as healthy for your brain as it is delicious, look no further than blueberries, a powerhouse of nutrition all wrapped up in a perfect bite-sized package. A much-cited Harvard study pointed out back in 2012 that higher intake of flavonoids, beneficial phytonutrients from plants — especially those from berries — reduced rates of cognitive decline in older adults.

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