Blueberry is deservedly considered a therapeutic berry for a significant number of useful properties. A new study has found that eating blueberries can help in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.
Bilberry helps in Alzheimer’s disease, the Research team conducted numerous tests on the use of bilberry and provided their insights on the 251-th annual National Symposium of the American chemical society (ACS).
The leader of the research group, Robert Krikorian (Robert Krikorian, PhD) Professor, Department of psychiatry and behavioral neurobiology at the medical College of the University of Cincinnati, noted that among Americans Alzheimer’s disease is a frequent diagnosis. By 2016, 5.3 million people have this incurable disease. It is projected that by 2025, the disease could grow by 40%, and another 25 years to reach 21 million people living in America.
A group of scientists conducted observations with the participation of 47 adults aged 68 and older with mild cognitive impairment. Half of the subjects received freeze-dried blueberry powder, while the second half is the powder placebo for 16 weeks. The research team found improved cognitive performance and brain function in those who took the blueberry powder. In his second study, involving 94 adults ranging in age from 64 to 80 the researchers divided the participants into four groups and gave them blueberry powder, fish oil, blueberry powder and fish oil or placebo, respectively. Since some of the subjects were not from a medical point of view, patients with Alzheimer’s disease, but had high risk of its occurrence, the results were not as significant as in the first study.
According to scientists, requires further testing to determine whether blueberries have a positive effect in later stages of the disease. It is not excluded that some of the processes that accompany Alzheimer’s disease, blueberries can reverse.
Information about the study was published in “Medical Daily”.