// Oct 14, 2015
Wild Blueberry Juice Equals Brain Food
Wild Blueberry Juice can improve cognitive ability and ability to focus in school age children according to a new study from the University of Reading, UK. This research follows a growing body of research demonstrating the positive effects of Wild Blueberries on cognitive function including a 2010 study on Van Dyk's Wild Blueberry Juice and senior’s memory function, conducted by Tufts Medical School and the National Institute of Health.
The University of Reading Study, published last week in the European Journal of Nutrition, followed a group of 21 children aged 7 to 10 who were given a drink containing either a high dose of wild blueberry (about 1.75 cups); a low dose (¾ cup); or a placebo. They were given a series of cognitive tests examining memory and attention before consumption of the drink and then at 1h 15mins, 3 and 6 hours after.
The findings of this study suggest wild blueberries could strengthen the cognitive performance of elementary schoolchildren. The study specifically tested memory recall as well as the ability to concentrate and ignore distracting stimuli and in each challenge the consumption of the wild blueberry juice improved the children’s performance compared to placebo.
The results of this youth memory study are consistent with an earlier study in seniors with age related memory change conducted by a collaboration of Tufts University, University of Cincinnati, the USDA Center on Nutrition and Aging, and Agri Food Canada. In that 2010 study the daily consumption of our very own Van Dyk’s 100% Pure Wild Blueberry Juice was assessed in older adults with early memory changes. At 12 weeks, statistically significant improvements in paired associate learning and word list recall were observed. In addition, there were trends suggesting reduced depressive symptoms and lower glucose levels.
These two human studies follow a host of animal and lab based studies demonstrating similar findings. The science is clear that Wild Blueberries are one of the highest sources of bioactive flavonoids. Lots of foods have them but not all foods have flavonoids in a form that our bodies can use. That is where wild blueberries really stand out. Wild Blueberries are not just high in Flavonoids but their Flavonoids are bio-available to the human body. The primary class of flavonoids present in wild blueberries is anthocyanins. They have been scientifically proven to have a range of positive health effects related to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Professor Claire Williams, from the University of Reading's School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences, who led the youth study was quoted as saying “We have known for some time that flavonoids promote healthy brain function in adults. However, this is the first, fully controlled, double-blinded research study to examine the effects of flavonoids on cognitive behavior in children."
Here at Van Dyk’s we are very proud that we have a patented juice extraction process that allows us to produce a pure wild blueberry juice that retains the high levels of bioactive nutrients from the fresh fruit.
Add our Pure Wild Blueberry Juice to your daily routine and drink to your good health.
Cognitive Effects Following Acute Wild Blueberry Supplementation on 7 - 10 Year Old Children was published in European Journal of Nutrition. Eur J Nutr. 2015 Oct 5, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26437830
Blueberry Supplementation Improves Memory in Older Adults was published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. J. Agric. Food Chem. 2010, 58, 3996–4000, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2850944/