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New Studies Examining Positive Connections Between Diet Rich in Wild Blueberries and Better Brain Health
Date:5/10/2013

Portland, ME (PRWEB) May 10, 2013

What started 10 years ago with a few studies looking into the impact of blueberry consumption and Alzheimer’s Disease has led to more research relating to Parkinson’s Disease, cognitive performance in children, balance and hearing.

During this time, researchers have learned a tremendous amount about the powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in blueberries. Now, they want to learn more and are launching new studies into the health benefits of the naturally occurring compounds found in blueberries – polyphenols, flavonoids and anthocyanins.

Previous studies have shown the potential for compounds in blueberries to impact memory and mood in older adults, as well as the function of compounds in blueberries to enable “housekeeper” cells in the brain to remove biochemical debris, which is believed to contribute to the decline of mental functioning with age.

Below are some of the many brain-related studies currently underway looking into how compounds in blueberries can help improve brain health and protect against other diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic illnesses.

Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative disease that affects the area of the brain that controls movement, and researchers at Purdue University and North Carolina State University are looking for ways polyphenol compounds in Wild Blueberries may slow or help prevent Parkinson’s Disease.

“Hundreds of thousands of people are impacted by Parkinson’s Disease in the U.S. alone. The potential positive impact of discovering a link between compounds in Wild Blueberries and Parkinson’s is huge,” noted Mary Ann Lila, Director of the Plants for Human Health Institute at North Carolina State and a leading researcher in this area.
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