Consume blueberries to boost memory, says study

By TNT Bureau

June 21, 2016: Consuming blueberries can help in reverting age and improving vision and memory, according to a recent study. Shuyang Qu, Doctoral Student at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in the US said in a statement that eating blueberries can also curb risks of developing cancer as well as reduce the chances of heart diseases.

Previous studies have shown that blueberries were rich in healthy anti-oxidant substances, which could help prevent Alzheimer’s which is an increasingly common form of dementia, and its effects like decline in cognitive skills and memory.

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The researchers wanted to determine the consumer’s knowledge about blueberry health benefits and see if there is a knowledge gap with blueberry health benefits among demographic groups.

Previous research has suggested that a Mediterranean diet — rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and healthy fats — is associated with reduced risk of cognitive impairment. We’ve also seen preliminary research suggesting that eating vitamin C and folate-rich vegetables like spinach and broccoli may slow cognitive decline. Other research has suggested that blueberries may boost memory, and that a high intake of saturated and trans fats can have negative effects. So it’s no surprise that to me that the healthiest eaters in this study fared the best in terms of their cognitive health.

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It was found that the low-income populations tend to know less about blueberry health benefits than the high-income groups. The researchers surveyed more than 2,000 people, over 31 states in the US to see how well informed the consumers were about the health benefits of blueberries.

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