A well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains is recommended by nutritionists in order to stay healthy and improve cognitive development. There are some foods that have been shown to be more beneficial than others. One of these is blueberries. Harvard Health states that the natural plant pigments in berries help improve memory. A study, published in Annals of Neurology, found that women who consumed two or more servings of strawberries and blueberries each week delayed their memory decline by up to two-and-a-half years.
Blueberries, in particular, are neuroprotective and also help to slow down the aging process and fight against disease. Fortunately, blueberries are easy to fit into your diet. You can snack on them anytime or add them to your morning oatmeal. They are also great in smoothies and on top of waffles!
Since Blueberries offer so many neurocognitive benefits, they can be extremely beneficial for people with ADHD. Additional benefits of blueberries include:
- Help protect your brain from stress, aging, and degeneration (largely because of the phenols)
- Combat toxins and free radicals (look and feel better)
- Fight cancer and other diseases
The nutritional benefits from 1 cup of blueberries:
Vitamin K (28.6 mcg / 36% DV)
Manganese (0.5 mg / 25% DV)
Vitamin C (14.4 mg / 24% DV)
Omega-6 fatty acids (130 mg)
Omega-3 fatty acids (85.8 mg)
Protein (1.1 g)
Out of all the healthy fruits for ADHD, blueberries provide some of the best long-term cognitive benefits that you can possibly get.
A balanced diet is just one piece to improved memory. Play Attention’s neurocognitive training program includes exercises for Short-Term Memory, Spatial Memory, and Working Memory.