Vaccinium angustifolium / Vaccinium corymbosum
Blueberry powder is a superstar in the functional food world due to its high flavonoid profile and resulting antioxidant capacity. It is a power-packed addition to foods, beverages and nutraceutical supplements.
Blueberries are part of the Vaccinium genus. This includes the highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) and the lowbush or “wild” blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium). Scientific studies have explored several health benefits of blueberries, namely in the area of brain health.
- Blueberry anthocyanins have been shown in scientific studies to improve memory and cognition
- Blueberry ingredients have been associated with healthy brain aging and a delay in age-related cognitive decline
- High antioxidant capacity has become widely associated with blueberries and has remained a highly influential driver of awareness, interest, and use of blueberries in many applications
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Blueberry Scientific Studies
- Kalt et al. (2019) – A review in which research on the role of blueberries in cardiometabolic health, neuroprotection, vision, and food processing is presented.
- Miller et al. (2018) – A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial showed that blueberry improved aspects of cognition in older adults.
- Khalid et al. (2017) – Blueberry flavonoids increased positive affect in children and young adults.
- Boespflug et al. (2017) –Blueberry treatment caused an enhanced neural response during a working memory challenge in older adults with cognitive decline.
- Whyte et al. (2015) – Cognitive improvements were observed in 7 to 10-year-old children after wild blueberry supplementation.
- Lacombe et al. (2013) – Wild blueberries were able to modify gut microbiota and xenobiotic metabolism in the colon.
- Gao, X. et al. (2012) – Participants who habitually consumed the highest amount of total flavonoids had a 40% lower Parkinson Disease risk than those in the lowest group. In the pooled analyses for the subclasses, intakes of anthocyanins and berries were also significantly associated with a lower Parkinson Disease risk.
- Devore et al. (2012) – Evaluated whether greater long-term intakes of berries and flavonoids are associated with slower rates of cognitive decline in older women. Results showed that berry intake appears to delay cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years.
- Krikorian et al. (2010) – The findings of this preliminary study demonstrated that moderate-term blueberry supplementation can confer neurocognitive benefits and improve memory in older adults.