Blueberries might just be the closest thing we’ve ever come to the mythical Fountain of Youth as they are effective in slowing down ageing and if anything, they will only facilitate a long and healthy life.
The component which leads to longevity and has a strong anti-ageing effect is called pterostilbene, and it can only be found in blueberries.
The reason pterostilbene is so efficient in preventing ageing is that it activates three pathways that are crucial to ageing. AMPK, or adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase is the first pathway it activates.
AMPK activation diminishes over the years and this speeds up ageing as AMPK manages the amount of energy your body creates.
Activating the AMPK pathway reduces levels of fat and blood sugar in your blood and it has been proven to enhance memory and lower the risk of Alzheimer’s, effectively resulting in an approximately 20% increase in lifespan.
Another way pterostilbene aids your longevity is by curbing the expression of a signaling pathway called mTOR, which controls proliferation, cell growth, and survival, and if things in any way go awry with this pathway it can result in cancer and chronic degenerative conditions.
According to some scientists and research done on animals, hindering this pathway by 25 percent cat increase your lifespan by 20 percent.
Lastly, pterostilbene regulates the sirtuins pathway, whose anti-aging components in your body preserve the length of telomeres, which are key to a long life, and modulate DNA repair.
In addition, it helps stop heart cells from dying which, according to research, can alleviate damage to the heart muscle following a heart attack, and can even help regulate your diastolic blood pressure.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Of course, longevity will be bitter if it’s characterized by constant ailments, but pterostilbene should keep dopamine levels in your memory centers intact as it has shown on tests on rats, and it is assumed that it will only have the same effect on humans.
Moreover, antioxidants (and neuroprotectants) such as myricetin, arbutin, chlorogenic acid, and anthocyanins in blueberries can enhance cognition and lower the risk of age-related condition the brain is susceptible to. The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in a 2010 research found that eating blueberries regularly can lower the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Moreover, the Experimental Gerontology journal found in a research that extract from blueberries can lengthen the lifespan of fruit flies by 10 percent by increasing the expression of some genes that extend the lifespan and lower the expression of genes that expedite ageing.
Blueberries are worth eating just for being unbelievably tasty and invigorating, and this is only a bonus to all their wholesome, health-giving, and anti-ageing properties.
While they might get pricey when out of season, depending on the climate, you can try and grow some in your home.
Check the following link and learn how to grow your own blueberries: