While the benefits of antioxidants and a solid nutritional base in general are rather self evident, two new studies highlight how antioxidants are fantastic for improving memory function. Although antioxidants positively impact everyone, the researchers examined adults ages 50-75 who were given a proficient blend of antioxidants over the course of four months. The study found that by taking in the blend of antioxidants, memory function improved.
The Cognitive Benefits of Antioxidants
The findings are important because it shows that the benefits of antioxidants are great enough to treat cognitive illness naturally and effectively. In this case, a particular focus is placed on memory loss — experienced by countless individuals worldwide. Instead of a large number of medications accompanied by a ridiculous amount of side-effects, antioxidants in the form of vitamins and nutrients effectively promote mental (and overall) health and have no such negative side effects.
Acting as two fantastic foods for improving memory and overall health, apples and blueberries contain a powerful phytochemical and antioxidant known as quercetin. Quercetin has been shown to protect against Alzheimer’s and reverse aging, leading to a slowed escalation in age-related memory-loss. When consuming apples, it is important to note that much of the nutrients are found in the skin; quercetin is no exception.
The first analysis of the healthful antioxidant content of blueberries that grow wild in Mexico, Central and South America concludes that many of these tropical blueberries have even more healthful antioxidants than blueberries sold throughout the U.S. These tropical, healthful superfruit could very well provide even more protection against heart disease, cancer and other conditions.
What are Antioxidants?
Antioxidants are simply molecules that prevent the oxidation of other molecules, and subsequently lead to an advancement of overall health and significant anti-aging effects. The oxidation process — in case you may be unaware — refers to the production of free radicals, which are harmful to your body and lead to hastened aging. Regardless of the source, it is important to ensure that your body is receiving the proper amount of antioxidants and that you are receiving all the benefits from these super-molecules, as they are a core necessary ingredient to longevity and vibrancy.