Monday, February 28, 2011

Blueberries and Alzheimers

 I have had some family members that have suffered with this horrible disease, it strips them of everything and who they are.  If there is even the slightest chance that blueberries can help prevent it, then they are in my daily diet plan.

Blueberries actually reverse some of the effects of aging on the brain — and boost short-term memory and spatial learning. People who eat a cup of blueberries a day perform well on tests of motor skills. And purple grape juice is also rich in flavonoids, and boosts mental performance.
And then there is curcumin — the active component of turmeric. This has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and helps remove the harmful metal buildup of metal associated with neurodegenerative diseases. Recent lab tests suggest that it directly targets the brain plaques linked to Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

This may help explain why India, where turmeric commonly tints curry dishes, has a particularly low rate of Alzheimer’s (AD).

I am always open to hearing stories from guests as well as taking suggestion's on what you would like to lnow more of or see more of.  Thank you all and God Bless!


  1. I've made an effort to consume more blueberries as the positive effects upon the body are highly touted. Like you, I feel if they can help even the slightest then they're worth eating. Oh, they taste pretty good too :)

    I used to sprinkle tuneric on Erin's wet food, it has a fantastic reputation...

  2. In my family there have 2/3 family members with Alzheimer so am not quite sure about the statistic of india being particularly low. However it is true that turmeric has healing effects and is an antiseptic.

  3. @ Yoga Studies have found that only 1% of Indians over the age of 65 develop Alzheimer's while rates are much higher in the United States and other countries. Researchers found that curcumin inhibits amyloid plaque formation and dissolves amyloid fibrils more effectively that anti-inflammatory drugs. They also found that curcumin crosses the blood brain barrier and prevents amyloid fragments from clumping together into plaques.

    @ David I agree yummy!

  4. I love blueberries and I haven't known of their benefits till I read your post... They are wholesomely good to eat so have to really eat more next time..:) Thank you for sharing... Cheers!