January 2011 Issue

Pick Blueberries for Brain Defense

Years ago, typing the word "blueberry" into an Internet search engine would yield recipes. Today, a blueberry Internet search garnishes vastly different results: The antioxidant benefits of blueberries get top billing. There’s a buzz heard throughout the Alzheimer’s research world regarding the effect of antioxidants, found in foods such as blueberries, on this disease. Given that by the year 2025 an estimated 34 million people globally will be diagnosed with the neurodegenerative condition Alzheimer’s disease (AD), there’s a lot riding on the promise of these antioxidants found in foods.

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