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Blueberry-Based Formula Boosts Brain Skills

Posted February 28, 2014

A persistent and common fear among aging adults is the decline and/or loss of the abilities to think, remember, and learn. Paula C Bickford, from the University of South Florida (Florida, USA), and colleagues have developed a formulation containing extracts from blueberries and green tea combined with vitamin D3 and amino acids – notably carnosine.

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Green Tea, Blueberry Supplement May Improve Cognition

Posted February 14, 2014

A commercially available nutraceutical supplement composed of, among other ingredients, green tea and blueberries led to modest improvements in cognitive processing speed in older, cognitively healthy adults, according to results of a randomized, placebo-controlled trial.

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Nutritional supplement improves cognitive performance in older adults, study finds

Posted February 7, 2014

A neuroscientist and gerontologist team up to investigate the effects of a antioxidant-rich nutritional supplement on the mental performance of older adults without impaired memory. An initial clinical trial indicates that the supplement, including blueberries and green tea extracts, improves cognitive processing speeds.

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Blueberry extracts can protect against cadmium toxicity

Posted January 28, 2014

Vaccinium corymbosum is the scientific name for the northern highbush blueberry, a species of blueberry native to eastern North America. These beautiful shrubs of berries can be found growing from the Great Lakes region east to Nova Scotia and south through the Appalachians down to Mississippi.

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Eating Blueberries Quickly Improves Blood Flow

Posted November 20, 2013

Blueberries are already touted as a healthy, antioxidant rich super food. With many studies on berries and cancer and other disease states, a new study has now also found that blueberry flavinoids improve vascular function. No wonder blueberry consumption has jumped 300 percent!

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Vitamin D and Blueberries: A Powerful Duo For Immunity?

Posted November 14, 2013

Researchers testing 446 compounds for their immune boosting ability found two that stood out from the pack: resveratrol, found in red grapes, and pterostilbene, which is highly concentrated in blueberries. Add some vitamin D to the mix and these two compounds can help the body quickly fight off infections.

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Blueberries not only taste great but dramatically lower the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes

Posted November 10, 2013

New cases of diabetes continue to increase at an exponential rate, as the list of biomarkers collectively known as metabolic syndrome (MetS risk factors include obesity, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol and elevated blood pressure and blood glucose) are known to triple the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and death from a heart attack. Although heart disease is the leading cause of death in most western societies, it is also largely preventable through dietary modification, increased physical activity and attention to mitigating lifestyle factors.

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New study confirms health benefits of wild blueberries

Posted November 8, 2013

Wild blueberries are a rich source of phytochemicals called polyphenols, which have been reported by a growing number of studies to exert a wide array of protective health benefits. A new study by researchers at the University of Maine adds to this growing body of evidence.

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Study: Baking Blueberries Changes Their Polyphenol Content

Posted October 31, 2013

Blueberries are called a “superfood” for their high polyphenol content, but when served as warm, gooey pie filling or when lending bursts of sweet flavor to a muffin, their “super” health benefits change. Scientists studied how cooking and baking affect the increasingly popular fruit’s polyphenols and reported their mixed findings — levels of some of these substances rose while others fell — in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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Blueberry power: Eat your way to a better workout

Posted October 10, 2013

Drop and give me 20. But don’t forget to eat your blueberries before and after you complete those push-ups. It turns out that that the fruit, already renowned for its extraordinary health properties, also delivers greater polyphenol absorption and fat-burning benefits during and after exercise.

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