11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. The world’s richest 1 percent will likely control half of global wealth by next year. (Learn more at NY Times) 2. A cup of blueberries a day can help lower blood pressure. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Four in ten people report at least one incident of “sleep paralysis” — waking up and being unable to move. (Learn more at Discovery) 4. The golden orb-web spider can count. (Learn more at WIRED) Share Your New Year’s Resolution …

Blueberries Can Help Lower Blood Pressure

Need to reduce your blood pressure several notches? Eating a cup of blueberries a day could help. That’s the conclusion of a small Florida State University study of postmenopausal women, ages 45 to 65, who ate the equivalent of a cup of blueberries a day for eight weeks. The women not only saw a modest improvement in their blood pressure readings, their arteries also showed improved flexibility, which also can help lower blood pressure. Previous blueberry studies had found similar …

Berries May Cut Women’s Heart Attack Risk

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but for women, eating berries three times a week may keep the cardiologist at bay. A large new study that followed nearly 94,000 young and middle-aged women for 18 years found that those who ate three or more servings of blueberries and strawberries a week had a 32 percent lower risk of heart attack. The women, ages 25 to 42, were registered with the long-running Nurses’ Health Study II. They completed …

I forget why I was buying blueberries…

…oh yeah, it was because I saw this article from the LA Times today! The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry did a small study with participants with an average age of 78 – and the results showed that drinking blueberry juice can actually help improve your memory. Because we currently have no cure for age-related illnesses – like dementia – that will hit millions of baby boomers as they age, this study swings the door wide open for further …