Blueberries

Can Help Maintain Brain Function and Improve Memory

Oxidative stress can accelerate your brain’s aging process, negatively affecting brain function. According to animal studies, the antioxidants in blueberries may affect areas of your brain that are essential for intelligence.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19057194 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4192974/

Human studies have also yielded promising results. In one of these studies, nine older adults with mild cognitive impairment consumed blueberry juice every day. After 12 weeks, they experienced improvements in several markers of brain functionhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2850944/

A six-year study in over 16,000 older individuals found that blueberries and strawberries were linked to delays in mental aging by up to 2.5 years. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ana.23594

 

Can aid with weight loss

The high fiber content present in them promotes digestion and weight loss. They also promote satiety, help you feel full, and reduce belly fathttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3797064/?&utm_medium=289

One cup of blueberries contains only 15 g of carbohydrates and 84 calories.  Thus, frozen or dried blueberries are great low-calorie snacks. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21861718/?&utm_medium=289

Ease depression symptoms

Another benefit of consuming blueberries is that it keeps depression at bay. According to a 2016 study, consuming blueberries can help reduce the genetic and biochemical drivers behind depression and suicidal tendencies linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
 
Previous research also supports a blueberry-enriched diet can increase levels of serotonin in the brain, which might help alleviate depression. Lower productions of serotonin are thought to be a major cause of depression.
 

In fact, many of the most common antidepressants are called serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and they work by preventing neurons from reabsorbing serotonin, which can help to rebalance the amount of neurotransmitter in the brain. This rebalancing can then lead to improved mood.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160405175653.htm