Eating a bowl of blueberries for breakfast can stop you flagging in the afternoon.Researchers found that a large benefit of the fruit called by people as nature’s superfood- boosts memory and concentration up to 5 hours later.
In studies, volunteers who drank a blueberry smoothie in the morning performed much better mental tasks in the mid afternoon than people who had the other drink. Scientists who made the discovery think the antioxidants in blueberries stimulate the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain and so keep the mind fresh. The finding means people can use blueberries and other rich in anti-oxidant fruits to improve their abilities during exams or on long, difficult days at work. Dr who carried out the study said: After an hour there was a little difference in the attention tests. But after 5 hours people who did not drink the blueberry smoothie saw their performance fall by 14 to 21 per cent.
Blueberries are full of vitamins C and E. Nutritionists suggest they blueberries are one of the richest sources of cancer fighting antioxidant called flavonoids, which is also found in grapes, green tea, wine and cocoa. Past studies have also shown that this antioxidant can protect against degenerative diseases or central nervous system.In various animal studies researchers have found that blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and might reduce the effects of conditions related to age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists have suggest that diets rich in blueberries significantly improve both the learning capacity and motor skills of aging rats, making them mentally equivalent to other younger rats.
Age-related decline of memory
Researchers at one university are continuing studies investigating the effects of blueberry supplementation on age related memory decline, brain structure and function and biological markers associated with neuron?s degeneration. These studies build on earlier research studying whether wild blueberry supplemented diets improve memory function and mood in older adults with early memory decline.
Improved cognitive performance in young adolescents
There has been a great deal of research focused on how compounds of wild blueberries can impact children. Now, new studies are looking at adults and the link between blueberry containing diets. Consumption of a drink rich in blueberry, children ages 7 through 9 showed interesting changes in cognitive performance including evidence of improvements in recall and certain aspects of attention. So, Pack mix of a dried-blueberry trail for a snack to get your brain worked smarter and harder. The study suggests that blueberries slow down age related memory loss, thanks to those so called flavonoids- plentiful antioxidants.