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Blueberries have been famous for their health benefits for many years, and evidence is accumulating that consumption of blueberries may truly be an effective strategy to forestall or even reverse age-related losses of coordination, vision and brain poweri, and to increase healthy aging1.

Research studies indicate that blueberries have the potential to preserve cognitive abilities and the quality of brain function as we age. A number of animal experiments proved that cognitive performance was directly related to how much blueberry was getting into the brain, and that it took one month of regular blueberry intake to successfully reverse aging changes in the brain. However, as blueberry supplementation stopped, the improvement stopped also. The experiments then showed that two months of supplementation enabled improvement in reversal of brain aging to continue for an additional month, even after the supplementation was stopped. This implies that ongoing and continual intake of blueberries induces rather significant improvement in brain function.2

Other researchers (from Harvard School of Public Health) have determined that two or more servings of blueberries per week significantly reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The researchers followed 180,000 women and 41,000 men for 20 years, evaluating dietary flavonoid intake and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  The polyphenol anthocyanins in blueberries were the clear winner3.

Animal research demonstrates the mechanism : Polyphenols from blueberries were applied to tissue samples from mice at three varying doses. The samples treated with polyphenols had fewer fat cells than the control sample, and the sample given the largest dose of polyphenols had the largest reduction, an impressive 73 percent decrease in lipid (fat) cells, while the smallest dose led to a 27 percent decrease in fat cells. This simple experiment demonstrated the fact that polyphenol antioxidants from blueberries can reduce cellular inflammation and prevent the resulting formation of fat cells.

Excitingly, human research further proves the point and illustrates how the simple addition of natural polyphenols to the diet can lead to successful and healthy weight loss.  Studies show that blueberries significantly boost the production of adiponectin, the key, beneficial hormone made in white adipose (fat) tissue that prevents your muscle, fat and liver cells from developing the insulin resistance that can eventually lead to type 2 diabetes. 

Blueberries are really good at helping stabilize your blood sugar metabolism, preventing adipose tissue from forming and can assist in protecting against obesity and type 2 diabetes4.

1 Shukitt-Hale B. Blueberries and Neuronal Aging Gerontology  2012 August