Forget Green Juice—Science Says Drinking This Can Improve Brain Function

Updated 03/13/17
Half Baked Harvest

We're all for the juice craze when it means packing superfoods and proteins into a glass of goodness to drink ourselves to better health. But a recent study calls out a relatively untapped source of drinkable nutrition that promises improved brain function: concentrated blueberry juice.

Researchers at the University of Exeter studied healthy individuals aged 65 to 77. Those who consumed concentrated blueberry juice in addition to their regular diet over the 12-week period demonstrated improvements in cognitive function, blood flow to the brain, brain activation when carrying out cognitive tests, and working memory. Science Daily, which highlighted the finding, noted how blueberries are rich in flavonoids, which carry antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

“Our cognitive function tends to decline as we get older, but previous research has shown that cognitive function is better preserved in healthy older adults with a diet rich in plant-based foods,” said Joanna Bowtell, PhD, head of sport and health sciences at the University of Exeter. The blueberry concentrate in particular showed increases in brain activity in the cognitive areas tested. Even though the study focused on an older demographic, it's never too early to make sure your diet is rich in nutrients that benefit brain function.

So the next time you reach for a green juice, consider switching it up with concentrated blueberry juice for an extra boost of brain power.

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