The berry best way to beat dementia
I don’t have a clue what Big Pharma would charge for a dementia prevention drug – but since new meds for major diseases often run $1,000 a month or more, you can bet it would cost an arm and a leg.
But who needs to wait for a pricey pill when there’s already one on the market that costs just pennies a day?
And actually, it’s available IN the market – in the produce aisle – because the “pill” you’re looking for is a blueberry!
Blueberries have been proven in previous studies to help cut the risk of cognitive decline and dementia in seniors. And now, the latest research shows they can especially help the folks who need it most: those already suffering from mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
That’s the first step down the road toward cognitive decline, which often leads to dementia and, ultimately, Alzheimer’s disease.
But if you eat some more blueberries, you could delay that journey…or perhaps even put it off completely…because the new study finds the healthy pigments that make these delicious berries so BLUE can help boost your cognitive performance.
In a series of experiments on seniors with mild cognitive impairment, those given a blueberry powder daily for four months did better on brain tests than folks given a placebo powder.
They had better cognitive performance and brain function, including a memory boost and better mental abilities with both words and concepts.
Scans even showed more brain activity in folks given the blueberry powder.
Now, in a second test in the study, there was almost no benefit at all to older folks who’d just been experiencing the typical “brain burps” that come with age – and didn’t have MCI – but don’t let that stop you from enjoying blueberries.
The nutrients locked inside each delicious berry can protect your brain, heart and eyes, and may even help fight off cancer, including cancers of the breast and prostate.
Don’t expect to eat a blueberry muffin or a slice of blueberry pie and get the benefits. The sugars and carbs will do more to HURT your brain than the berries could ever make up for.
Instead, eat fresh organic berries whenever possible.
And if the benefits are indeed from those pigments – known as “anthocyanins” – you don’t have to limit yourself to blueberries, either.
Eggplant, plums, asparagus, cherries and pomegranates are all excellent sources of them – and the best source of all may not even be blueberries.
Try going a few shades darker…with blackberries.