Mailbag! Tiny Berry Boosts Memory

Dear Living Well Daily Reader,

You’ve got questions…

We’ve got answers!

These days, it seems like there are tons of foods you should be eating to help boost your brain — fatty fish, walnuts, yogurt, etc. With all of these choices, it’s hard to know which ones to choose. But according to a new study, there’s one type of food you should never skip if you want to boost your memory.

Let’s dive in…

Hey Natalie,

I saw something on the news yesterday about blueberries helping older folks improve their memory. I’ve heard good things about blueberries before. Do you know what this latest research is all about?

Thanks,

Deb M.

Thanks for the great question, Deb. Many folks are looking to diet hacks to help their memory.

And as it turns out, blueberries are a great way to increase your cognitive health.

A recent study shows that drinking blueberry juice could help older folks boost their brainpower.

For the experiment, scientists from the University of Exeter split a group of folks aged 65–77 into two groups. Some drank 30 mL of concentrated blueberry juice every day and some took a placebo during the 12-week trial.

Before and after the experiment, all participants took memory tests and underwent MRI scans to measure the blood flow to their brains and cognitive functions.

After reviewing the results, the researchers were amazed….

Those drinking blueberry juice saw significant increases in brain activity in parts of the brain related to memory.

Even better, they saw increased blood flow and improvements in their working memory!

This means by incorporating blueberry juice into your diet, you could keep your brain firing on all cylinders well into your golden years.

Blueberries contain special antioxidants called flavonoids that help protect the brain from dangerous free radicals and inflammation that can cause memory problems.

But blueberries aren’t the only plant that can help you win the memory game — all fruits and veggies can help out your thinker.

The researchers pointed out that folks who eat five or more plant-based foods a day were excluded from the study, because most plants contain flavonoids.

So if you want to keep your brain healthy, you need to head to the produce aisle or the farmers market.

If you want to try concentrated blueberry juice for yourself, you can find it at natural health stores or through online retailers like amazon.com. Blueberry supplements are also a great option and available in the same places.

Live well,

Natalie Moore
Managing editor, Living Well Daily

Ed. Note: Please send your feedback: feedback@livingwelldaily.com – and click here to like us on Facebook.


Sources

[1] Blueberry concentrate improves brain function in older people

Natalie Moore

Written By Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore is a dedicated health researcher with a passion for finding healthy, natural, and science-based solutions. After a decade of direct healthcare experience in western and natural medicine, she was involved in public health research before joining Living Well Daily.

View More Free Articles

Nature’s Brilliant Secret for Better Brain Health

We all want to stay sharp and focused as we age. But for many, the desire to maintain a “teenage brain” for the rest of their lives simply doesn’t match reality. Instead, the edges of their memory start to soften and their thinking slows. If the possibility of losing your mental agility keeps you up...

Read This

Don’t Quit Your Meds Cold Turkey! [Here’s Why...]

People are always asking me if they can stop taking their prescription medications. That probably doesn’t surprise you. It certainly doesn’t surprise me. I totally get it if you’re fed up with taking drugs. But can you simply STOP taking them? Let’s talk about it… If you’re over 40, there’s a solid chance you’re popping...

Read This

Secret Cancer-Fighting Duo REVEALED

You’ve no doubt heard a LOT about gut health lately. Heck, I talk about gut bacteria myself, probably at least once a week here in Living Well Daily. There’s a good reason for that. What we’ve learned about human health and the microbiome in the last decade or so is nothing short of stunning. We...

Read This

MAILBAG! Stop Sinus Headaches NATURALLY

“I am constantly getting sinus headaches. Tylenol doesn’t seem to help much. Do I have any other options?” –Alice Hi Alice, The fact that you can buy Tylenol over the counter has given this drug a safety halo. So, I want to start by cautioning against taking too much of this med. Swallowing a daily...

Read This

Scientists Uncover Diet's Dark CANCER Link

Most folks know that a steady diet of junk food isn’t exactly good for you. But the truth is, a poor diet ALSO sends your cancer risk soaring. And oddly, we’ve never been entirely certain as to WHY. Sure, a junk-food-heavy diet is unhealthy, packs on the pounds, and raises the risk for various diseases,...

Read This

Sneaky Microplastic Invaders Cross the Gut Barrier

We’re under attack, invaded by an invisible enemy worming its way into every nook and cranny of our lives… and bodies. I’m talking about microplastics, those tiny, insidious plastic particles contaminating our water,  food, and even the air we breathe. It’s a full-blown crisis, and it’s happening right under our noses! Scientists have sounded the...

Read This

Humble Gut Bugs are Heart Disease Superheroes

Unless you’ve been living on a remote island, you likely have an idea of how vital good gut health is for your overall well-being. After all, what we’ve learned about the microbiome’s relationship to our health in the last few years is nothing short of mind-blowing. A well-balanced microbiome has been linked to a lower...

Read This

Forget Fasting and Try THIS Instead

Thirty years ago, one of my hippie cousins gave me a jar filled with liquid and a mysterious white blob floating in it. Puzzled, I asked them what it was. They called it a “kombucha tea starter.” I was curious enough to give it a shot and make some of the tea. The process was...

Read This

Five Game-Changing “Hacks” for Optimal Health

The other day, a patient told me she was doing “everything” she could for her health. When I asked her what she meant, much to my surprise, she told me she stopped using the microwave. I assure you that’s NOT everything. Sure, microwaving food has some downsides. But let’s be realistic; avoiding them won’t significantly...

Read This

The Vitamin NO Diabetic Can Afford to Ignore

The fact that so many Americans STILL have low vitamin D is puzzling. After all, the research showing how VITAL the vitamin is to our health is overwhelming. For example, maintaining adequate vitamin D levels reduces the risk of osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, cancer, autoimmune disease, respiratory infections, depression, and more. But new research...

Read This