Blueberries have been found in abundance at grocery stores lately and that makes me happy. Along with adding coconut oil and decreasing the amount of sugar in our diets, we eat a lot of blueberries.

Blueberries have been in the news lately as the result of several studies which seem to suggest that components in them may prevent or reverse memory loss and dementia.

Here is a good article which explains the research:

Blueberry Benefits

Researchers say blueberries contain a wealth of phytochemicals that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. In addition, animal studies have shown that the polyphenols found in blueberries, anthocyanins, have been shown to increase signaling in brain centers associated with memory as well as improve how the brain gets rid of glucose, all of which may help slow memory decline.

In the study, researchers looked at the effects of drinking wild blueberry juice on memory decline in nine adults in their 70s who were experiencing age-related memory decline problems, such as memory lapses.

The participants drank about two and a half cups each day of blueberry juice made from commercially available frozen wild blueberries for 12 weeks. A comparison group of seven older adults drank a similar amount of placebo non-juice beverage for the same time period.

Researchers conducted memory tests, such as word association and list learning and recall tasks, at the beginning and end of the study.

The results showed that those who drank blueberry juice showed significant improvement on learning and memory tests compared to the placebo group. Source

One of the ways in which we get our blueberries is to have them in a green smoothie. The addition of the blueberries makes for one heck of an ugly smoothie, but it tastes really good. As soon as I can get pictures taken and the recipe typed in, I’ll post it.


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