Exciting new research hints that blueberries may actually help slow the progession of many of the degenerative diseases that are associated with aging of the brain, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Considering that by the year 2050 over 30 percent of the American population will be over the age of 65, this is important information.
Research done on aging rats has produced intriguing results. When fed the human equivalent of 1 cup of blueberries per day, the rats showed improvements in both balance and coordination. These improvements are due to better cell communication in the rat brain cells. Because blueberries are rich in phytonutrients, especially polyphenols and flavonoids, these findings should come as no surprise. Phytonutrients have been shown to improve critical communication between our body’s cells.
With age, our brain cells become less and less effective at communicating with each other. When these signals become too weak, neurological pathways are lost and brain function is diminished. By helping our brain cells communicate more efficiently, the nutrients in blueberries are actually helping to halt the progression of the degenerative brain diseases associated with aging.