Every 67 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer's, according to the Alzheimer's Association--one reason why the organization predicts there will be 7 million people with the disease by 2025. Another scary fact: Two-thirds of those with Alzheimer's are women.
Many experts think that a key to preventing the condition may lie in your lifestyle. There have been studies showing how sleep and your outlook on aging can lower your risk. And scientists have known that what you eat can affect your brain in major ways.
Now researchers from the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center believe that eating blueberries can improve memory and cognitive function--especially for those who are in the early stages of the disease.
This isn't the first study to find a link between this super-fruit and a sharper brain. Blueberries are particularly rich in anthocyanins, an antioxidant that's already been found to lower blood pressure, and prevent cancer and heart disease. And you don't have to eat many to reap these benefits: a cup a day should do it, according to this new study.
So load up on these berries--and see what other foods to eat every week to prevent the disease by clicking on the gallery below!
via Medical Daily
Three glasses of champagne every week is enough to keep Alzheimer's and dementia at bay, research says. A study out of the University of Reading revealed that a compound in the grapes used to make champagne can help "increase spatial memory, improve cognitive function and promote learning and memory retention."