A new study conducted at the University of Cincinnati's Academic Health Center suggests that the antioxidants in blueberries could boost seniors' memory and prevent cognitive decline.
According to Medical News Today, researchers asked a group of nine seniors in their seventies who showed signs of early memory loss to take a cognitive test. They then asked the volunteers to drink two and a half cups of commercially-available blueberry juice a day for 12 weeks.
After the 12 weeks, participants repeated the original test to see if their scores changed, and researchers compared their results with those of similar studies who used a control group.
It was found that individuals who drank the prescribed amount of blueberry juice showed improved performance on their second test.
"These preliminary memory findings are encouraging and suggest that consistent supplementation with blueberries may offer an approach to forestall or mitigate neurodegeneration," the researchers wrote in their report.
According to the Mayo Clinic, nearly 5 percent of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 suffer from Alzheimer's disease.
Active living seniors may discuss memory-preserving habits they could incorporate into their daily routine with their healthcare providers.