Hey, remember the song sung by Fats Domino and others called, “Blueberry Hill“? I thought the lyric was, “I lost my drill on blueberry hill…” I had a hearing loss.
I often had to make stuff up in order to get through the day. It was more fun that way.
I digress. This article is about blueberries and how they may reduce the risk of dementia.
According to an article in NeuroscienceNews, researchers found, “Adding blueberries to the daily diets of certain middle-aged populations may lower the chances of developing late-life dementia.”
Many of the risks for dementia are modifiable. Hearing loss being the greatest of all the risks.
What we consume matters. The researcher, R. Krikorian, PhD, said “Blueberries have a particularly high level of micronutrients and antioxidants called anthocyanins. Anthocyanins help give blueberries their namesake color and also help defend the plants against excess radiation exposure, infectious agents and other threats.” The properties that help blueberries survive also benefit humans. They can reduce inflammation, improve metabolic function and enhance energy production within cells.
Anytime you hear the word, oxidation, think inflammation. So blueberries can help reduce inflammation. Oxidative stress or inflammation can lead to dementia/ Alzheimer’s.
If you are interested in eating a half-cup of whole berries every day you could receive the benefits of blueberries. Or you could take a high quality medical grade supplement made in a USA FDA certified facility that also gives you an optimal dose of balanced vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.
We need to be ambitious about taking care of ourselves to reduce the risks of dementia and Alzheimer’s so we can life and long and vital life.
The next time you hear Blueberry Hill may you remember that blueberries do benefit you.
Contact me for more information about more modifiable risks of dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease.