Can blueberries help your balance?

When you were small you likely would think nothing of jumping on the trampoline, or hanging upside down on the monkey bars. You moved your body in a way that required balance and coordination without even realizing it. Improved proprioception not only helps us to prevent injury but also supports us as confident adults.

A USDA study utilizing blueberry extract concludes that antioxidants help us to improve balance and coordination. Of course, it is not only what you eat that makes a difference. To begin moving your body to foster greater coordination and equilibrium, start with simple exercises such as the Tree Pose in yoga and then work your way up to more difficult postures. Activities like Tai Chi or swimming are also valuable. Do consult your physician before engaging in any new exercise. But once your doctor gives you the green light, have fun!