Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I am gaga for berries; and with good reason. Aside from being an antioxidant powerhouse, berries, blueberries in particular have a firmly established reputation as a memory protecting food. Blueberries contain compounds called anthocyanins that battle oxidization and inflammation; and both are culprits in virtually every major killer, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes and heart disease; and inflammation and oxidization is also named in “milder” conditions of aging like arthritis. And if that weren’t enough to reach for the nearest half pint of these gems, blueberries help neurons in the brain communicate with one another more effectively.
So you see, blueberries do the body good!
As the brain ages, neurons communicate less effectively, as processing, coordination and balance all tend to decline; but polyphenols found in blueberries work to turn on the signals, helping neurons to talk more efficiently- as in marriage, so in the brain, communication is EVERYTHING.