blueberries improve cognition and memory in children

Yesterday, we wrote about research that shows that eating blueberries helps memory and learning in seniors. Can these powerful antioxidant rich berries do the same for kids?

To find out, researchers gave 21 children between the ages of seven and ten either a placebo drink or one of two doses of a blueberry drink. The blueberry drink contained either 15g or 30g of freeze-dried wild blueberry powder. The kids drank the drink once and then were tested 1.15, 3 and 6 hours later.

As in seniors, blueberry helped kids: even after just one dose. It helped recall, delayed word recognition and cognition. In every test, blueberry improved cognitive performance more than the placebo did, and the 30g dose of blueberry helped more than the 15g dose.

Taken together, these studies suggest that eating blueberries is good for your brain whether you are young or old and whether you are healthy or already suffering from mild cognitive impairment.


European Journal of Nutrition 2016;55(6):2151-62


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