Blueberries have firmly established a reputation as a memory-protective food. They contain special compounds called polyphenols which actually help neurons in the brain communicate with one another more effectively. Blueberries also contain other compounds like anthocyanin that are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. And inflammation and oxidative stress are involved in virtually every major killer disease of aging: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, and heart disease, not to mention “run-of-the-mill” conditions of aging like arthritis. Studies show that blueberries also have anti-cancer activity.

Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, author of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth

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