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Antioxidant-Rich Blueberries: The Super Brain Food

Antioxidant-Rich Blueberries: The Super Brain Food

You'll never eat naked cereal again when you realize what blueberries do for your brain. Blueberries improve memory and learning, and delay age-related cognitive decline like that seen with Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. They're delicious, too.

Blueberries are a super food for your brain. They're high in vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants called flavonoids (also called polyphenols). In your brain, flavonoids interact with proteins and enzymes in ways that keep your brain younger. Scientists don't know exactly how all those elements play together, but blueberry flavonoids do seem to keep you smarter. People who eat a high-flavonoid diet stay sharper than folks with low-flavonoid diets. In fact, drinking blueberry juice daily can improve your memory function by 30%.

Ready to keep your brain smart and young? Here's how to slip more blueberries into your diet:

  • Toss blueberries into a smoothie. Protect your memory and cognition by sipping a smoothie made with frozen blueberries, yogurt, or low-fat milk. Add half a banana and some flaxseeds to increase memory even more. Try this memory-enhancing Blueberry Smoothie recipe.
  • Enjoy a brain-boosting blueberry salad. Like most berries, blueberries are great with more than just cereal. Try them in salads, too.
  • Eat frozen blueberries. Fill ice cube trays with unsweetened blueberry juice and then toss them into cold club soda. Bonus: Frozen blueberries maintain their nutrients and are relatively inexpensive. Check out these other cool ways to use ice-cold blueberries.

Medically reviewed in April 2018.

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