If your mind is not as sharp, you may experience difficulty concentrating, slow thinking, problems with multiple tasks, and may even become forgetful.
Any of these issues could affect your daily routine, so it’s important to find ways to keep your brain alert.
Certain foods are known to help increase brain power. Incorporating a large amount of vegetables and fruits into your diet can bring many benefits. However, one fruit in particular has a positive effect on the brain and removes fog from the brain.
The benefits of blueberries
According to Dr. Toby Amidor, author of Create Your Plate Diabetes Meal Prep Cookbook, the best fruit to keep your brain sharp is blueberries.
“Research shows that eating blueberries as part of a healthy diet can help sustain brain health,” says Amidor. “Blueberries are associated with a lower risk of age-related cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.”
According to research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, this study used wild blueberry juice supplements for 12 weeks to confirm that there was improved memory function in older adults with early memory decline. The findings of the original study suggested that the average amount of cranberry consumption may have benefits on the ability to think and reason.
In addition, a study published in the Neural Regeneration Research Journal found that adults of different ages who consumed blueberries showed an increase in blood flow to key areas of the brain. He also showed an improved memory and attention to the tasks required. In addition, tests on elderly adults who ate strawberries and blueberries for several months showed improved memory compared to those in the group who received a placebo supplement.
“Grains provide a wide range of nutrients, including fiber, vitamins K and C, mineral manganese, and phytonutrients called polyphenols,” says Amidor.
Blueberries are also good for the heart
In particular, in addition to the wonders they have on the brain, blueberries are great for your heart health. One cup of fresh blueberries a day showed improved changes in HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) in those with metabolic syndrome – a group of biochemical and physiological abnormalities associated with the development of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Blueberries can also help manage blood sugar as well as maintain weight due to the high amount of fiber.
Because they are small but strong, they are easy to throw away in any dish. Try mixing them into a smoothie, turning them into protein-filled pancakes, or even adding them as a cheesecake topping.
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