Digital News Report – The good news about blueberries just keeps flowing in. A report in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a journal for the American Chemical Society, found that blueberries can improve memory.
Back in September scientists found that blueberries can fight obesity and diabetes. They were looking specifically at North American lowbush blueberries, biotransformed with bacteria from the skin of the fruit.
This month’s research was meant to determine whether blueberries should be studied further as a “memory enhancer”. Previous animal studies suggest that the berries will boost memory in the aged.
The scientists divided participants into two groups. All of the participants were in their 70s. The volunteers drank either 2-2 l/2 cups of a commercially available blueberry juice every day for two months or another beverage without blueberry juice.
“These preliminary memory findings are encouraging and suggest that consistent supplementation with blueberries may offer an approach to forestall or mitigate neurodegeneration,” said the report.
By: Jason Chang