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Blueberries Prevent Cognitive Decline


By    |   Monday, 16 March 2020 09:52 AM

It's known that blueberries are a superfood, but research shows that these tasty, low-calorie berries can also prevent cognitive decline, especially in older women. A study published in "Annals of Neurology" claims that the flavonoids, especially the anthocyanins, found in berries effectively lower the mental decline of adults. The flavonoids, the components that give blueberries their color, can improve brain health, say the researchers.

Blueberries also combat anxiety.

According to Redonline, blueberries contain high amounts of vitamin C and other antioxidants that regulate spikes in the stress hormone cortisol and also boost the levels of the "feel good" hormone serotonin. In addition, the compounds in blueberries help repair the cells that have already been damaged by cortisol, reducing anxiety and restoring calm to the body.

Here are more health benefits:

  • Strengthen bones. According to Organic Facts, blueberries are rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, and vitamin K, which, along with exercise, are key for preserving and protecting bone health.
  • Anti-aging. The anthocyanins in blueberries fight oxidative DNA damage while the vitamin C helps build collagen, resulting in younger-looking skin and reducing wrinkles.
  • Lowers LDL. The high fiber content in blueberries along with the antioxidants help dissolve the bad cholesterol in your arteries.
  • Lowers blood pressure. A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that eating blueberries every day helps lower blood pressure naturally.
  • Manages diabetes. Again, the high fiber content of these berries is essential for a diabetic diet. According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, blueberries reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 26%.
  • Has anticancer properties. A report published in the Cancer Research Journal revealed that the berries have anticancer properties. Researchers studied the effect of blueberries on cancer cells compared to radiation treatment. They found that the extract of blueberries alone led to a 25% reduction of cancer cells while radiation therapy alone reduced the numbers by only 20%.
  • Weight loss. Blueberries are high in fiber and low in calories, which make them an ideal snack to promote weight loss. One cup of blueberries contains only 15 grams of carbohydrates and 84 calories. You can enjoy them fresh, frozen, or dried.
  • Inflammation. The antioxidants in blueberries combat inflammation in the body, which many experts believe to be the root cause of many of our chronic diseases.

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