Could something as satisfying as blueberries be one of the keys to feeling your best in midlife? Research shows that blueberries aid in everything from good bone and gut health to better cardiovascular outcomes. Packed with an abundance of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants – including prebiotics – blueberries are one of nature's top sources of healthy nutrition. We looked closer to see how adding more blueberries into your daily routine can help reduce many common symptoms associated with menopause. From improving memory recall to balancing beneficial hormones in the body leading to improved moods, there's plenty that these nutritious little berries can offer!
Memory recall: In a study at Rudgers University berries were found to supply more blood to the brain and help build new neurons and pathways. Other clinical research noted that berries demonstrated an ability to prevent age-related neurodegenerative diseases and improve movement and brain function. Berries also impacted parts of the brain causing inflammation, and helped cell survival, nerve cell transmission and flexibility of the cells. These neuroprotective effects come from the phytochemicals in berries like anthocyanin, catechin, and quercetin.
Mood Improvement: Researchers have found that there is a natural boost in mood about two hours after consuming blueberries. The possible causes for the enhanced mood may be an increase in cerebral blood flow, an increase in an enzyme involved in serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline metabolism.
Bone health: researchers have found that the cause of bone loss post menopause is caused by decreasing levels of collagen and SIRT1, an anti-aging gene that controls cell aging and cell death rate. The polyphenols found in blueberries can stimulate bone growth and delay bone loss when the loss of sex hormones starts to accelerate this process.
Cardiovascular Benefits: Post menopausal women have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and a daily cup of blueberries was shown to have a positive effect on arterial flexibility in a double blind study.
Gut Health: We’ve all learned the importance of probiotics for gut health. But did you know that adding probiotics without eating prebiotics is like putting more oil in your car without addressing the leak? That’s because prebiotics, found mostly in fibrous foods, act as food for the probiotics. All Bossa Bars feature 29% of a woman’s recommended daily fiber needs. Our fiber is from chicory root and is a prebiotic form.
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