Blueberries help to reduce the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s, found by a new study. Billed as a super fruit for its power to potentially lower the risk of heart disease and cancer.
The study said that Blueberries are loaded with healthful antioxidants substances, which could help to prevent the Alzheimer’s — an increasingly common form of dementia – effects such as decline in cognitive skills and memory. Comparing the people who took the placebo than those who consume blueberries led to an improvement in congnitive and brain function. Also, the patients demonstrated an improved memory skills and access to words and concepts.
Robert Krikorian, (lead researcher) professor at University of Cincinnati in the US said “Our new findings corroborate those of previous animal studies and preliminary human studies, adding further support to the notion that blueberries can have a real benefit in improving memory and cognitive function in some older adults,”
The findings were presented at the ongoing 251st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in San Diego. Blueberries are known to be rich in flavor called anthocyanins, which has proved to be useful in improving cognition level in animals, the researchers noted.
The team conducted two human studies. The first study involved 47 adults aged 68 and older, who had mild cognitive impairment, a risk condition for Alzheimer’s disease. They were fed with freeze-dried blueberry powder, which is equivalent to a cup of berries, or a placebo powder once a day for 16 weeks.
The study indicate that blueberries may be more effective in treating patients with cognitive impairments, but may not show measurable benefit for those with minor memory issues or who have not yet developed cognitive problems.