Blueberries may reduce age-related diseases

It's common knowledge that fruits and vegetables are very healthy for you. Certain fruits are in fact known as superfoods, due to their numerous health benefits including helping to boost your longevity. Now, researchers have uncovered data indicating how blueberries helps to delay ageing and in turn promote longevity.

In two different models of ageing, blueberries have been shown to extend one’s life span. Blueberries contain specific flavonoid molecules which fight DNA damage and slow age-related damage to the brain cells.

Numerous studies have shown that blueberries protect memory-associated brain regions from oxidant and inflammatory damage helping to boost longevity. In one study, fruit flies were shown to live 10 percent longer when fed a regular diet containing blueberry extract. Not only did the fruit flies live longer but they also showed improved levels of physical activity.

These enhancements arise both from increased tolerance of oxidant stress and from beneficial changes in the way certain important genes are expressed.

It was also shown that after supplementation with blueberry extract, these organisms lived an average of 28 percent longer, and the maximum life span increased by 14 percent. The supplemented animals showed a 20 percent reduction in an age-related protein that impairs function, and vastly improved tolerance of stress in their environment.


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