The research could be crucial to future research into dementia, which kills around 67,000 Britons every year and is expected to affect one in three people born today.

However, this isn’t the only study linking blueberries to dementia risk. Another study conducted by the University of Cincinnati looked at the effects of blueberries on the brain.

The paper published in Elements magazineRegular consumption of blueberries has been shown to reduce a person’s risk of dementia.

Robert Krikorian, one of the authors of the study, said: “In previous studies with the elderly, we noticed cognitive benefits with blueberries and thought they might be effective in younger individuals with insulin resistance.” Alzheimer’s disease, like all chronic diseases of aging, develops over many years beginning in middle age.

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