Blueberries protect the brain

Almost everyone thinks blueberries taste great and likes to see them on the breakfast table.  But there is a lot more to love about these tiny fruits. Blueberries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants, the natural substances that fight damage caused by free radicals. This makes them highly effective in fighting chronic degenerative diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, macular degeneration, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. And now we know that blueberries safeguard the brain.

Although it is not clear how blueberries affect the brain, it has been shown that the flavonoids they contain are able to cross the blood brain barrier. This enables them to influence regions in the brain involved in memory and motor function, and enhance neural connections, thereby improving cellular communication and stimulating neural regeneration.