Blueberries 26 July 2009
Blueberries contain a large amount of powerful antioxidants and should be eaten frequently. Polyphenols in blueberries have been shown to protect brain cells from inflammation and oxidation and reverse decline in cognitive functioning with aging.
Animal studies have confirmed that blueberries are protective against age related memory loss. They also suffered much less brain damage after an experimentally induced stroke. Other animal studies showed rats predisposed to Alzheimer’s disease had a much lower incidence of the disease if they were fed blueberries.
Laboratory tests have shown that extracts from blueberries inhibit the growth of prostate and colon cancer cells.
Human studies have proven that blueberries decrease the oxidation of LDL (bad cholesterol) and improve the elasticity of skin.