New research reveals blueberries potentially "significant" positive effects on the brain of primary school children
New research published in the European Journal of Nutrition found that eating blueberries could give children a significant memory boost.
The randomised control trial recruited 54 children between seven to ten years old, and asked them to drink a 200ml wild blueberry drink or a placebo. The wild blueberry drink contained 253mg anthcyanins, and was the equivalent to about one and a half cups of fresh blueberries (about a punnet).
Researchers then assessed the children’s verbal memory, cognitive function and reasoning efficiency before and two hours after the drink was consumed. The team found children who had drunk the blueberry concoction showed improved reaction times and cognitive function, dubbed executive function (EF).