Alzheimer’s Disease Study: ‘Super Fruit’ Blueberries Discovered To Help Fight The Disease Thanks To Anthocyanins

New research found that the blueberries have been discovered to fight Alzheimer’s disease. According to the studies, the key to the “super foods” combative and preventative abilities towards the disease is found in the the anthocyanins.

According to Medical Xpress, a research team conducted numerous tests among many teams to find blueberries may be used as a weapon in the war against Alzheimer’s disease. The fruits’ healthful antioxidants could help prevent the disease’s devastating effects. They presented their findings at the 251st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

The leader of the research team, Robert Krikorian Ph.D, provided the following statement on how the preliminary findings on blueberries’ effects on Alzheimer’s disease can be a real benefit.

“Our new findings corroborate those of previous animal studies and preliminary human studies, adding further support to the notion that blueberries can have a real benefit in improving memory and cognitive function in some older adults.”

Robert Krikorian also added that the blueberries’ beneficial effects towards Alzheimer’s disease might be its flavonoids called anthocyanins. From past studies and research, anthocyanins have been shown to improve cognition in animals.

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Alzheimer’s disease is one of four major diseases doctors are trying to find medical solutions for right next to cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and autoimmune diseases (especially HIV infection). Pertaining to Alzheimer’s disease, about 5.3 million people suffer from it and the number is expected increase as the U.S. population ages. Robert Krikorian states the number of Americans with this degenerative disease could rise up to 40 percent to more than 7 million. That number alone could triple by 2050.

Robert Krikorian, along with his colleagues at the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center are doing what they can to counter the debilitating statistic. They conducted two human studies to follow up on earlier clinical trials.

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In their first study involving 47 adults aged 68 and older with mild cognitive impairment, which is a risk for Alzheimer’s disease, half of the test subjects were given freeze-dried blueberry powder or a placebo powder up to 16 weeks. The research team found improvement in cognitive performance and brain function in those who took the blueberry powder. In their second study involving 94 adults aged 64 to 80 who felt their memories were declining, the test subjects were divided into four groups and given either blueberry powder, fish oil, blueberry powder and fish oil, or a placebo. Because some of the test subjects were not medically diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease risks, the results were not as favorable as the first study. Still, cognition was somewhat better among those with blueberry powder or fish oil separately.

Overall, blueberries have been tested to generally help with memory and cognition. Along with those positives, Medical Daily reports that blueberries in general are extremely good to have in one’s diet. Along with combating Alzhemier’s disease, blueberries have also been linked to controlling cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and weight control. It is loaded with a ton of vitamins and nutrients, especially vitamin C, which makes it excellent for a person’s immune system.

As of now, the study of blueberries’ effects on Alzheimer’s disease is in the initial phases. Further testing is required to find out just how powerful of a weapon blueberries can be for those diagnosed with the devastating condition. It might even be possible blueberries might help individuals in advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Maybe even reverse some effects.

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