For a clear mind and better focus, studies suggest choosing the tastiest brain food—Wild Blueberries—with more intense blueberry flavor than ordinary blueberries. Just a cup does a whole lot of good, so give your family a better start to their day with Wild Blueberries each morning!
Start Your Day with the Tastiest Brain Food
No matter your age, eating smart doesn’t have to mean sacrificing taste. Wild Blueberries are the tastiest brain food you’ll find. Bursting with blueberry flavor, they’ll transform your morning smoothie, cereal, oatmeal, pancakes, or yogurt. Nourish your noggin and check out these delicious brain-healthy recipes!
Each morning, feed your brain a healthy scoop of goodness with Wild Blueberries
"This smoothie is a delicious delivery system for potent brain-boosting pigments from Wild Blueberries and turmeric, healthy fats and plant protein from almonds, and comforting creaminess from bananas and whole grain oat milk. You’ll love this smoothie for breakfast before a big exam or a busy day at the office."— Maggie Moon, MS, RD, author, The MIND Diet
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Brain Power & Wild Blueberries
A 20-year body of research.
With 33% more brain-healthy anthocyanins and 2× the antioxidants of ordinary blueberries, researchers have long studied the effects Wild Blueberries have on our brains and bodies. Take a look:
Boost brain health in kids
Research found significant positive effects on memory, response times, concentration and mood when children consumed a Wild Blueberry beverage before testing.1,2,3
Improve cardiovascular function
Polyphenols in Wild Blueberries may improve blood vessel function. Good cerebral blood flow supports a healthy brain.9
Studies suggest that daily consumption of Wild Blueberries decreases inflammation. Inflammation is implicated in chronic diseases, which in turn can impact cognitive health.5
Healthy gut, healthy brain
Research suggests a healthy gut microbiome can support brain health, and studies show Wild Blueberries may promote an increase in beneficial gut bacteria.8
Get more out of exercise
Regular exercise leads to better brain health, and research indicates Wild Blueberries support enhanced fat burning and viral protection when combined with exercise.6,7
Enhance memory in adults
Research indicates daily Wild Blueberry supplementation can enhance neural response in certain areas of the brain.4
Grown in Wild Barrens of Maine and Canada
Only grown wild in the cold, harsh climates of Maine and Eastern Canada, tiny Wild Blueberries are loaded with the deep blue anthocyanins. These same deep blue pigments that make the Wild Blueberry hearty enough to survive the harsh climates of the north also help promote health in developing brains.
The power is in the pigment
Anthocyanins are the plant compounds found in the skin of the Wild Blueberry that give them their pretty purply blue hue. A growing body of research suggests anthocyanins work to reduce inflammation and are beneficial to humans. Wild Blueberries have 33% more anthocyanins than ordinary blueberries—giving you a big leg up when it comes to keeping your brain and body running strong.
2x the antioxidants of ordinary blueberries
When you want blueberries, pick wild. Feed your brain the good stuff.
The antioxidant king, Wild Blueberries have two times more antioxidants than even ordinary blueberries have. Studies suggest antioxidants get rid of the free radicals in the body, while fighting the inflammation that leads to long-term chronic disease and aging.
7 Steps to a Healthy Brain
Start your morning with brain foods—including Wild Blueberries. Where you go from there can really make a big difference for you to think clearly and keep your brain strong all day long.
Feed your brain healthy foods—including Wild Blueberries!
Skip highly processed foods and load up on intensely colored fruits and veggies (think berries and dark leafy greens), and opt for healthy fats and whole grains.
Stress undermines memory and overall ‘brain fitness.’ Activities such as meditation and yoga can be helpful for reducing anxiety and improving mood and relaxation.
Manage your health
Keeping on top of chronic conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes is important. Brain health is linked to your overall health.
Sleeping is like a "reset" button for the brain, so don't skimp on the shut-eye! Get between 7-9 hours of sleep a night.
Exercise is important for overall health and your brain loves it! Exercise enhances blood flow to the brain, increases brain cell connections, and requires your brain to practice things like balance and spatial relations.
Spending quality time with friends is more than fun – it's good for the brain. Laughing and playing games with pals are both stress busters and brain boosters
Stimulate your brain
Keeping the brain active increases brain vitality and may help build reserves of new brain cells. So stay curious and engaged in the world. Read new things, master a new skill and challenge your brain every day!
The science (and scientists) behind the berry research
- Whyte, A.R., Schafer, G., Williams, C.M. Cognitive effects following acute wild blueberry supplementation in 7-to 10-year old children, European Journal of Nutrition, 2015, 55(6).
- Whyte, A., Williams, C.M. Effects of a single dose of a flavonoid-rich blueberry drink on memory in 8-10-year-old children, Nutrition 2015, 31(3).
- Khalid, S., Barfoot, K.S., May, G., et al. Effects of acute blueberry flavonoids on mood in children and young adults, Nutrients 2017, 9(2).
- Boespfulg, E., Eliassen, J.C., Dudley, J.A. et al. Enhanced neural activation with blueberry supplementation in mild cognitive impairment. Nutritional Neuroscience 2017, 20.
- Riso, P., Klimis-Zacas, D., Del Bo’, C. et al. Eur J Nutr (2013) 52: 949. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00394-012-0402-9
- Nieman, David C., Nicholas D. Gillitt, Amy M. Knab, R. Andrew Shanely, Kirk L. Pappan, Fuxia Jin, Mary Ann Lila. Influence of a polyphenol-enriched protein powder on exercise-induced inflammation and oxidative stress in athletes: a randomized trial using a metabolomics approach. PLoS ONE 2013, 8(8).
- Ahmed, Maryam, Dru Hensen, Matthew Sanderson, David Nieman, Nicholas Gillitt, and Mary Ann Lila. The protective effects of a polyphenol-enriched protein powder on exercise-induced susceptibility to virus infection. Phytotherapy Research, 2014, 28(12).
- Lacombe, A., Li, R.W., Klimis-Zacas, D., et al. Lowbush wild blueberries have the potential to modify gut microbiota and xenobiotic metabolism in the rat colon. PLoS ONE 2013, 8(6).
- Rodriguez-Mateos, A., Rendeiro, C., Bergillos-Meca, T., et al. Intake and time dependence of blueberry flavonoid-induced improvements in vascular function: a randomized, controlled, double-blind, crossover intervention study with mechanistic insights into biological activity. Am J Clin Nutr 2013, 93(5).