As we age, many see a decline in mental capabilities whether it’s memory loss, trouble thinking of the right word, being forgetful, and we blame it on getting old. When in fact, uh… I’m sorry, I forgot what I was just saying. Oh, yes. Forgetfulness. That’s it. The two major causes of mental decline are oxidative damage and inflammation. Conditions that can be prevented!
The National Institute of Aging conducted a study with rats on how blueberries may protect the brain. The two groups were both given a toxic chemical that causes the same kind of damage to the brain as we see in Alzheimer’s. The outcome was that the rats that had a diet rich in blueberries, prior to having been exposed to the chemical, showed much less decline. That’s powerful protection!
This is significant research when you consider that 1 in 5 people over the age of 65 have Alzheimer’s.
Blueberries contain almost 40% more of the same antioxidant found in Red Wine. It’s this antioxidant, Resveratrol that protects the brain from oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is what happens when the cells of the body die off due to lack of antioxidants such as Resveratrol. Think of a car that is rusting…eventually the metal will crumble. This is what oxidative stress does to our “frames.”
Blueberries are in peak season from May through October, so get them while they are in season, stock up and freeze them for the winter time.
Some simple ways to make sure you are getting the benefits of the powerful antioxidants of blueberries daily is by adding them to smoothies, throwing a hand full into your bowl of oatmeal, mix in your yogurt and even toss fresh blueberries into salads. Really, berries are delicious in salads!
And remember organic is preferable. Blueberries are #5 on the list of the most heavily sprayed crops. Personally, I don’t buy them unless they are organic. So when I find them at a good price, I stock up and freeze them. You can download the guide to pesticides in your produce at www.foodnews.org.
And lastly, in addition to eating all the fresh organic blueberries I can get my hands on, I supplement with a berry powder supplement called Juice Plus Vineyard. You can learn more about it at this website: www.allyourservings.com