The blueberry is one of the miracle foods of retirement and successful aging. Those little blue globes of sweetness fight far above their weight, packing a left-right punch combination that should make it an essential part of your diet. Some of the benefits of blueberries are specifically age-related, while others come more generally from a diet rich in fruit of all kinds.
Eating Blueberries Slows Brain Aging
Dr. Kris Verburgh, in his new book “The Longevity Code,” detailed the blueberry’s benefits. “According to a Harvard study with more than 186,000 participants,” Verburgh writes, “people who ate these berries three times per week had a 26 percent lower risk of getting type 2 diabetes.” A 2012 study from the Annals of Neurology showed that regular blueberry eating “can slow down brain aging by several years.”
While blueberries stand out from the pack, eating fruit of all kinds is good for you. “For each portion of fruit people ate,” says Verburgh, “their risk of a heart attack was reduced by seven percent, according to a study that included more than 220,000 people.”
Don’t Rush to the Pancakes
Blueberries are great for you, but don’t get your fix with a plateful of blueberry pancakes drenched in syrup; that’s a big dose of unhealthy carbohydrates. Instead, try this delicious alternative: oatmeal dusted with cinnamon, topped with blueberries, a handful of walnuts, and a little vanilla-flavored unsweetened almond milk. It’s a great and tasty way to start your day!
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