New Study: Blueberries Can Help Fight Alzheimer’s

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blueberries can help fight alzheimer'sAlzheimer’s disease is a devastating form of dementia that affects thinking, memory and behavior. A new study by Dr. Robert Krikorian and his team of colleagues from the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center has found that eating blueberries can help fight Alzheimer’s.

The study followed two groups, one that was given the equivalent of 1 cup of blueberries (in the form of blueberry powder) and the other, a placebo. The subjects were over the age of 68 and had some sort of mild cognitive impairment.

After 16 weeks, the group that was given the blueberry powder had a significant improvement in cognitive function over those who took the placebo. The benefits may be a result of flavonoids called anthocyanins, in which blueberries are rich.

Although blueberry season is still months away, frozen blueberries are a fantastic option to add to your diet. They can be thawed and added to oatmeal, muffin or pancake batter and smoothies! Here is a quick and easy way to get some blueberries into your diet.

Blueberry Smoothie

1 scoop protein powder
1/2 cup frozen (fresh when available) blueberries
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp coconut oil

Blend and enjoy!

Photo from here, with thanks.

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