Research continues to be done on the connection between food and brain function. It’s been found that what you eat can have an effect on thought processes, memory, and the risk of getting conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. One of the best foods to help “feed your brain” are blueberries. Here’s why:
🫐 Antioxidants - Berries contain compounds with the unique ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and scavenge free radicals that could otherwise cause damage. There are several beneficial phytochemicals in most berries that help reduce inflammation and help keep cells healthy by lowering oxidative stress.
🫐 Reduce Neurodegenerative Disease Risk - Multiple studies have found that regular intake of flavonoid-rich fruit, such as blueberries, may reduce or delay the onset of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and ischemic (restricted blood flow and oxygen to certain parts of the body) diseases. The neuroprotective properties of blueberries come from their highly-beneficial phytochemicals and their ability to improve blood flow.
🫐 Mood Boosting - While they can’t replace medication or lifestyle changes, it’s been found that blueberries can have a positive effect on depression. Children and young adults have been the subject of studies that showed reduced depression symptoms within a few weeks of regular blueberry consumption. In adults, the polyphenols in blueberries helped to improve cognitive function in a study that took place this year.