BLUE­BERRY BASED FOR­MULA BOOSTS BRAIN SKILLS

Australian Natural Bodz - - Nutrition Knowledge Centre -

Apersistent and common fear among ag­ing adults is the de­cline and/or loss of the abil­i­ties to think, re­mem­ber, and learn. Paula C Bick­ford, from the Univer­sity of South Florida (Florida, USA), and col­leagues have de­vel­oped a for­mu­la­tion con­tain­ing ex­tracts from blue­ber­ries and green tea com­bined with vi­ta­min D3 and amino acids – no­tably carno­sine. The re­searchers en­rolled 105 healthy men and women, ages 65 to 85 years, for a two-month study, dur­ing which half of the sub­jects re­ceived the for­mu­la­tion as a di­etary sup­ple­ment, and the other half served as con­trols. Those sub­jects who re­ceived the for­mu­la­tion demon­strated im­prove­ments in cog­ni­tive pro­cess­ing speeds, whereas those who did not re­ceive the sup­ple­ment showed no changes. Well tol­er­ated with­out ad­verse symp­toms, the study au­thors sub­mit that: “Over­all, the re­sults of the cur­rent study were promis­ing and sug­gest the po­ten­tial for in­ter­ven­tions like th­ese to im­prove the cog­ni­tive health of older adults.” Ref­er­ence: Brent Small, Kerri Raw­son, Christina Martin, Sarah Eisel, Cindy D San­berg, Paula C Bick­ford, et al. “Nu­traceu­ti­cal In­ter­ven­tion Im­proves Older Adults’ Cog­ni­tive Func­tion­ing.” Re­ju­ve­na­tion Re­search. Oc­to­ber 2013.

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