anthocyanins improve memory and cognition in older adults with mild cognitive impairment

Is it possible that a simple supplement or a simple change in diet could hold off the memory loss of aging?

Anthocyanins are a powerful class of flavonoids. They are found abundantly in blueberries, strawberries, cranberries, black currants, cherries and dark grapes. They are also available in various supplements.

Research on anthocyanins for preventing the cognitive decline in older adults has been encouraging. There is a large and growing body of research that is especially promising for blueberries and supplemental blueberry powder. Blueberries can help cognition and memory in everyone, whether old, middle aged or young.

This new study looked at dietary intake of anthocyanins and their effect on cognitive performance in 40 older adults with mild cognitive impairment.

The results showed that the ones who had the most anthocyanins in their diet could recall a significantly greater number of words after a short delay and a distraction. The same was still true after a longer 20 minute delay, and they forgot significantly less words after a long 20 minute delay.

This study suggests that focussing on getting more anthocyanin flavonoids could be protective for your brain, protecting and improving memory and cognition.

Nutr Res. 2022 08;104:36-43

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