Why eating blueberries is good for the eyes and the brain?
The properties of this rich fruit are numerous and that is that its virtues highlight its anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antioxidant properties, while helping to lower cholesterol levels. But above all, there are several studies that certify that the leases are really beneficial for both the eyes and the brain, why?
Its high content of vitamin A makes this fruit one of the most indicated for visual health, among others, contribute to reduce eye fatigue and prevent dry eyes. This is possible thanks to one of its components, the anthocyanin flavonoids, pigments that have an antioxidant function that help repair retinal nerve cells.
This same pigment is also found in other red and bluish fruits such as raspberries, strawberries, blackberries … It is involved in cellular metabolism, helping to fight against free radicals that cause cell aging, cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's disease..
Can glaucoma and cataracts be prevented with the help of blueberries?
Cranberries have the ability to maintain the structure of the eye as they protect Collagen, the protein that creates eye tissues and whose sagging can accelerate the appearance of glaucoma.
Another vision problem that you can prevent by consuming these fruits is blindness, caused mainly by the degeneration of the retina, especially in advanced ages. Vitamin E along with blueberries are a good option to prevent this degenerative deterioration.
Blueberries prevent neurodegenerative ailments and protect intellectual faculties
It seems that the dose in consumption is crucial so that these fruits have a positive impact on our brain and mental health. The cause of this is the high amounts in flavonoids that (in addition to their sight properties) also help prevent neurodegenerative diseases, improve memory and preserve cognitive faculties.
In a study from the University of Cincinnati conducted a few years ago where a series of adults with mild cognitive impairment participated, they consumed 30 milliliters of cranberry juice (about 230 grams of fruit) a day, for 16 weeks. The results were a increased brain activity and memory, regarding those who did not take it. Also, a series of medical tests were performed in which a increased cerebral blood flow.
Another advantage for our brain according to another study by the Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry, is that blueberries influence the decrease in brain inflammation and somehow keep the brain healthy.
The increase in the number of neurons It is also another of the great properties that has been shown that can provide us eating blueberries and is that another study conducted a few years ago determined that eating a daily cup of these fruits improves memory and the production of neurons in the hippocampus. Also, there was also a improvement of concentration and a balance of mental health and of biochemical genetic factors that cause depression and suicidal tendencies related to posttraumatic stress disorder.