A delicious way to slow down aging and enhance your memory.
Forget where you left your sunglasses? Always losing your keys? Consider adding blueberries to your daily meal plan.
I’m sure you’ve all heard by now that the blueberry is an amazing superfood that contains tons of antioxidants. You’ve probably even passed this information along at some point knowing that antioxidants are a “good thing”. But what does this actually mean? Why should we care?
Every day we are exposed to a variety of different stressors: UV rays, pollution, additives in processed foods, emotional stress, etc. All of these contribute to the overproduction of free radicals in the human body (keyword is overproduction, as our bodies already produce free radicals as a byproduct of certain metabolic processes). Free radicals, simply put, are damaged molecules that are missing an electron. These become a problem to us as they will damage healthy cells in the body trying to obtain their missing electron. Elevated levels of free radicals may result in DNA mutation, neuron dysfunction, and destruction of cell structures, all of which promote aging. They also increase the risk of brain dysfunction, cataracts, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Blueberries (and other dark berries) get their dark colour from the bioflavonoids anthocyanin and proanthocyanidin. These are powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals in the body, preventing cell damage and thereby slowing down the aging process.
Blueberries also happen to be a source of the amino acids necessary for the body’s production of dopamine and norepinephrine, the neurotransmitters influential in cognitive function. A proper balance of these neurotransmitters will improve concentration, enabling better focus and memory. Moreover, they can help us stabilize our sleep cycles and boost motivation.
Blueberries may not be able to bring back everything you've ever misplaced, but they are definitely a delicious way to enhance your memory!
p.s. If you find that a decreased ability to concentrate is affecting your day-to-day activities, acupuncture may be an effective way to help you improve your focus. Get in touch with a local Registered Acupuncturist!