- Publish Date
- Thursday, 8 October 2015, 11:41AM
Here's something that may help the kids focus on their homework!
Turns out picking berries isn't just fun for children, it could also be good for their brainpower.
A study has found that a wild blueberry drink boosted memory and concentration in primary school-age children.
It is thought the effects are due to the flavonoids, health-boosting plant chemicals found in a variety of fruits and vegetables, including citrus fruits and berries.
Reading University researcher Claire Williams said: ‘Primary school is a vital stage in a child’s educational and social development.
‘These results indicate strongly that consuming foods rich in flavonoids, such as wild blueberries, could aid overall learning in the classroom.’
Professor Williams put 21 boys and girls through a battery of cognitive tests on three occasions – once after drinking sugary water, once after a medium-strength blueberry drink and once after a high-strength drink.
On the days they had the fruit drinks, they did better on better on tests that involved recalling words they had briefly heard.
They also did better on tasks that required them to ignore distractions.
The best results were obtained after the high-strength drink, which contained the equivalent of a cup and a half of wild blueberries.
It is thought the flavonoids in the berries may improve blood flow to the brain and ease the passage of information between cells.
Although flavonoids have been shown to be good for the brain before, most research has been carried out on adults.
The study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, used a powder made from wild blueberries to make the drinks.
This is great news because they're not only healthy, they're also delicious!