Blueberries, Vitamins and Walking Improve Memory In The Elderly

Everyone knows that as people age, their memory fades. This is due in part to the mind just ignoring more and more events as we get older, because they’re similar to ones that happened before: at some point, all your birthday parties end up blurring together. In part, it’s also due to the neurons in the brain degrading as they age, making it harder for it to store new memories. And it’s also due to the brain shrinking as it ages — less brain mass means less room to store memories.

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But three new studies showcased in a Healthier Talk article found some ways to fight the decline of memory:

  • Blueberries have been shown to improve memory, as well as mood and to reduce blood sugar levels
  • Shots of folate, B6 and B12 slowed the rate of brain shrinkage in people over 70 by 30%
  • Walking 3x a week actually increased brain mass in the hippocampus (where memories are stored), whereas doing nothing decreased it.

In other words, nothing beats exercise. Not even blueberries and B12.

From Healthier Talk, via Lifehacker


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