The tastiest brain food you’ll find
A diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables—and specifically wild blueberries—has been linked to brain health and cognitive performance for years. Now there’s growing evidence from numerous studies suggesting eating wild blueberries daily may be a practical and effective part of a brain-healthy diet.
With 33% more deep purply blue anthocyanins and 2x the antioxidants of ordinary blueberries, Wild Blueberries contribute to healthy brains. 10
Start Your Brain’s Day Off Right
Whether it’s a wild blueberry smoothie or a wild blueberry toaster tart, starting your day with a cup of wild blueberries will have your brain singing. Check out some of these breakfast recipes.
A Healthy Scoop Does a
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For healthy kids, go wild!
It’s not just older adults who are benefitting from the brain-boosting effects of wild blueberries. There is growing evidence that wild blueberries can improve the cognitive performance of children and adolescents. Specifically, in studies with younger and adolescent children, wild blueberries improve certain aspects of memory and augment mood in teens.
A recent study suggests consuming a flavonoid-rich wild blueberry beverage may help the part of the brain that manages time and attention work more efficiently in children. That’s pretty big news!
Yummy and great for their brains—wild blueberries are the ultimate awesome food for kids.
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).
- Kalt, W. et al, Recent Research on the Health Benefits of Blueberries and Their Anthocyanins, Adv Nutr 2019; 00:1-13. https://academic.oup.com/advances/advance-article/doi/10.1093/advances/nmz065/5536953
- Miller, M., et al, Dietary blueberry improves cognition among older adults in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, Eur J Nutr 2018; 57. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28283823
- Boespflug, E.L et al, Enhanced neural activation with blueberry supplementation in mild cognitive impairment, Nutritional Nueroscience 2017; 21:4. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1028415X.2017.1287833
- Gao, X. et al, Habitual Intake of Dietary Flavonoids and Risk of Parkinson Disease, Neurology 2012; 78:15. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3320056/
- 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).
- Krikorian, R., et al, Blueberry supplementation improves memory in older adults, J Agric Food Chem 2010; 58:7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2850944/
- Xianlu, W. et al, Concentrations of Anthocyanins in Common Foods in the United States and Estimation of Normal Consumption, J. Agric. Food Chem 2006; 54:11. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf060300l?journalCode=jafcau+
- Devore, E. et al, Dietary Intakes of Berries and Flavonoids in Relation to Cognitive Decline, Annals of Neurology 2012; 72:1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22535616/