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Blueberries Improve Cognitive Health

A new animal study indicates that consuming blueberries may reduce the severity of Alzheimer's and other cognitive disorders. The researchers randomly assigned young male rats a diet containing two percent blueberry extract or a control diet for at least eight weeks. The scientists then replicated the neuronal loss experienced by people suffering a neurodegenerative disease by giving the rats either a phosphate buffered saline or kainic acid.  Behavioral studies were then performed and brain functioning was studied to determine any differences in neuronal loss. The animals fed a blueberry supplemented diet had enhanced behavioral performance, experienced significantly less brain cell loss, and had more viable brain cells following oxidative stress. According to the researchers, "The present findings indicate that rats exhibited impaired performance in maze learning following intra-hippocampal injection of kainic acid and that a blueberry enriched diet provided significant protection against these decrements in performance.” Additionally, the researchers documented clear evidence that “the blueberry-enriched diet reduced neuronal loss resulting from the excitotoxic effects of kainic acid." 

This article was published on Wednesday July 10, 2013.
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Reference: Duffy KB, Spangler EL, Devan BD, Guo Z,. Bowker JL, Janas AM, Hagepanos A, Minor RK, DeCabo R, Mouton PR, Shukitt-Hale B, Joseph JA, Ingram DK. A blueberry-enriched diet provides cellular protection against oxidative stress and reduces a kainate-induced learning impairment in rats. Neurobiology of Aging (Elsevier).  Published on-line ahead of print 23 May 2007.