(FOX NEWS) - Think your memory is starting to slip? Start munching on blueberries. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati say chowing down on the "superfruit" may help treat patients with cognitive impairments.
Elaborating on earlier research that showed animals who consumed blueberries saw improved cognitive function, scientists conducted two studies: In one, 47 people with mild cognitive impairment, aged 68 and older, were given a daily dose of blueberry powder equivalent to one cup of berries or a placebo powder for 16 weeks.
Afterward, the powder recipients showed improved cognitive performance, brain function, and increased brain activity, along with "improved memory and improved access to words and concepts," researcher Robert Krikorian explains in a release.
In a second study, 94 people aged 62 to 80 who felt their memories were declining were given blueberry powder, fish oil, powder and fish oil, or a placebo.