Review on June 09, 2009
Memory lapses are increasingly common as a person ages and are generally just an inconvenient sign of getting older. Although they can be very tiresome for women during menopause, memory lapses are not anything more serious than the natural aging process. Just because memory lapses are not seen as a serious symptom of menopause it doesn't mean there isn't any way of tackling them. For instance, recent research has highlighted a natural way to limit memory lapses; by eating blueberries
A combined research team from the University of Reading and the Peninsula Medical School in the UK, has been looking into the effects of blueberries on memory lapses.
This research investigated plant phytochemicals called flavonoids, found in blueberries. This substance is known to work as an antioxidant; however, it also acts on the nerve endings of an organism sending messages through the body to encourage the production of brain cells, which in turn helps to fight memory lapses.
The research entailed university staff giving 120g and 150g of blueberries to elderly rats within a laboratory setting. In as little as three weeks these rats began to performed tasks quicker and more effectively than their younger counterparts. Although this research was not carried out on humans, researchers are keen to stress the importance of this breakthrough to people suffering from memory lapses.
Its long been known that a healthy diet is key to a long life and this research now adds extra scientific evidence to this claim and helps to fight memory lapses.
- "Blueberries are definitively good for you.... they stop you forgetting", 06 June 2008, Department of Food Biosciences at the University of Reading and the Peninsula Medical School, Dr J. Spencer, Dr C. Williams.