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Enhance your Memory with Blueberries
Posted by June Halley, CNC on 6/1/2011 to General Health
According to recent research, blueberry supplementation will improve memory retention in older adults.

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed that blueberry juice taken three times a day for twelve weeks increased participants' memory performance as much as 42% in verbal tests.

Here are other helpful benefits of blueberries, provided by the blueberry council:

Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin C.
In fact, a serving contains about 14 mg or almost 25% of daily requirement for Vitamin C. Vitamin C is needed for the formation of collagen and to maintain healthy gums and capillaries. It also aids in the absorption of iron and promotes a healthy immune system.1, 2

Blueberries are a good source of dietary fiber.

Government surveys tell us that there is not enough fiber in our diet. A diet high in fiber contributes to heart health, helping to keep cholesterol in check. Fiber also aids in digestions and helps maintain regularity.1, 2

Blueberries are an excellent source of manganese.

Manganese plays an important role in the development of bones and in the metabolism of protein, carbohydrate and fat.3

Blueberries contain substances that have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals which are unstable molecules linked to the development of a number of diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease and other age-related conditions such as Alzheimer's. According to the USDA database of the antioxidant activity of selected foods (ORAC values), blueberries rank among the highest on a per serving basis. The antioxidant capacity of blueberries is 6,552 micromoles TE/100g.4 Substances in blueberries called polyphenols, specifically anthocyanins that give blueberries their blue hue, are the major contributors to the antioxidant activity of blueberries.7

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