Eat Berries To Protect Your Aging Brain
March 14, 2012 by Sam Rolley
Researchers say that there is strong scientific evidence that eating blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and other berry fruits can benefit brain health.
An article recently published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry says that eating berries can keep the brain healthy and are very beneficial in preventing age-related memory loss and other changes.
Authors Barbara Shukitt-Hale, Ph.D., and Marshall G. Miller write that longer lifespans are raising concerns about an increase in Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of mental decline among populations and that prevention is the best protection against such ailments.
Berry fruits contain high levels of antioxidants that protect brain cells from damage by harmful free radicals, according to the research. The two also report that berry fruits change the way neurons in the brain communicate. The changes in signaling can prevent inflammation in the brain that contribute to neuronal damage and improve both motor control and cognition.
The researchers extensively reviewed research about the health effects of berries on cells, animals and humans to reach their conclusion.
Berries have many other health benefits including essential vitamins and minerals, and different types can be found and picked in the wild throughout the United States for a truly organic fruit.