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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

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    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Changes in memory afer drinking blueberry juice

    Blueberries contain anthocyanins, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

    Researchers at Tufts University, in Boston studied the effects of drinking wild blueberry juice in older adults with early memory changes.

    First, the details.

    • 9 older adults with early memory changes drank blueberry juice daily for 12 weeks.
    • The was no placebo group and no attempt to conceal the treatment given.

    And, the results.

    • At 12 weeks, there was significantly improved paired associate learning and word list recall.
      • Paired associate learning involves the pairing of 2 items (usually words) — a stimulus and a response. For example, “calendar” (stimulus) and “shoe” (response) may be paired. The learner is prompted with the stimulus and responds with the appropriate response.
      • Word list recall involves repeating a list of 10 high-frequency, high-imagery words at 1 word every 2 seconds. After the list is presented 3 times, the patient is asked to recall the list of words.
    • There was no significant change in depressive symptoms and blood sugar levels.

    The bottom line?

    This is a preliminary study. So, the results are interesting but there’s a lot more research to be done before blueberry juice can be recommended for routine use.

    According to the authors, the results establish a basis for more comprehensive human studies of the effect of blueberry juice on memory in older people.

    1/26/10 21:36 JR

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