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Blueberries To Prevent Alzheimer’s?

Can blueberries actually help prevent Alzheimer’s? The evidence may point to yes. Participants in one study were either given blueberry powder or a placebo for 16 weeks. Preliminary results suggest that there could be some cognitive benefits from eating blueberries. The antioxidants and anthocyanins may provide several other benefits as well.

    Key Takeaways:

  • Results showed an improvement in cognitive performance and brain function in those who received the blueberry powder compared to those who were given the placebo. Study leader Robert Krikorian, Ph.D., said those in the blueberry group “demonstrated improved memory and improved access to words and concepts.
  • Preliminary human research and some animal studies have suggested that blueberries may improve cognition, possibly due to the effects of anthocyanins, antioxidant pigments responsible for the berries’ health benefits.
  • In addition to any cognitive protection blueberries may afford, some evidence suggests that the anthocyanins they contain may help prevent cancer, protect against urinary tract infections and protect the brain from stroke damage.

“In addition to any cognitive protection blueberries may afford, some evidence suggests that the anthocyanins they contain may help prevent cancer, protect against urinary tract infections and protect the brain from stroke damage.”

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA401796/Blueberries-To-Prevent-Alzheimers.html

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