We’ve finally seen more human research (rat studies) looking at the possible memory benefits of blueberries in the last several years. The majority of studies on blueberries & memory focus on either correcting and delaying minor cognitive deficits or spatial memory.
Our capacity to recall the arrangement of our environment is referred to as spatial memory. When someone has solid spatial memory, they may recall details such as how they arrived at a location or how their friend’s living room furniture is set up. Neuropsychological tests, such as those that measure one’s ability to navigate mazes, can be used to assess spatial memory.
Flavonoids are abundant in blueberries. Flavonoids are plant compounds that have antioxidant & anti-inflammatory effects and are present in fruits and vegetables. Blueberries are high in anthocyanins, an antioxidant considered to confer cognitive advantages on berries. The present understanding of how these chemicals operate is intriguing since it is complex and appears to approach brain health & memory from a variety of perspectives. Anthocyanins, like other flavonoids, reduce inflammation in the brain, increase blood flow, and stimulate synaptic transmission (messaging between brain cells).
Add some frozen, fresh, or dry blueberries to your next yogurt parfait, salad, or smoothie the next thing you go grocery shopping!