April 12, 2008

Blueberries for the Great Forgetting

When David Brooks wrote The Great Forgetting that in era of aging population, "memory is the new sex", he didn't know to add that blue is the new black.  Blue as in blueberries that is.  Or maybe he just forgot.

Getting Forgetful?  Then Blueberries May Hold the Key

Blueberries are a major source of flavonoids, in particular anthocyanins and flavanols. Although the precise mechanisms by which these plant-derived molecules affect the brain are unknown, they have been shown to cross the blood brain barrier after dietary intake. It is believed that they exert their effects on learning and memory by enhancing existing neuronal (brain cell) connections, improving cellular communications and stimulating neuronal regeneration.

And that's not all Science Daily has to say about blueberries.

Blueberries may act to protect the body against damage from oxidative stress and help your balance and coordination.  A compound made of blueberries may become as effective in lowering cholesterol as commercial drugs with far fewer side effects.  After all, wild blueberries have been shown to relax arteries and reduce risks associated with cardiovascular disease.  And the natural pigments that produce that rich deep blue color may help prevent obesity.

Posted by Jill Fallon at April 12, 2008 3:13 PM | Permalink