PREMIUM CONTENT: Blueberry Polyphenols Protect the Brain from the Degenerative Processes Associated with Brain Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease

PREMIUM CONTENT: Blueberry Polyphenols Protect the Brain from the Degenerative Processes Associated with Brain Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease

The study of plant and fruit polyphenols, a rich source of dietary antioxidants, represents one of the most promising areas of research in the field of anti-aging, and the prevention of degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Recent and ongoing research indicates that polyphenols present in berries and other fruits and vegetables provide protective and supportive nourishment to critical structures (i.e. hippocampus) in the brain responsible for learning, and memory formation and retention.

Plaques and Tangles in the Alzheimer’s Brain-Which One Is Most To Blame For Alzheimer’s Disease?

Plaques and Tangles in the Alzheimer’s Brain-Which One Is Most To Blame For Alzheimer’s Disease?

The two hallmark lesions that are associated with the damage that occurs in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are neurofibrillary tangles and amyloid plaques (see pic 1). Processes involving inflammation, oxidative stress, * mitochondrial dysfunction, ** brain cholesterol dynamics (1) and others are tied into the formation of plaques and tangles. However, there has been a long-standing debate in the research community as to whether one lesion or the other is primarily responsible for the AD process.

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