Berries are in - with the temperature warming and spring finally here, berries seem more abundant than ever! Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries - oh my! If you haven’t enjoyed a pint of blueberries in one sitting yet this season, perhaps this information will make you tune in to “Gray’s Anatomy” next week with a bowl of berries instead of popcorn!
A new study out of Harvard Medical School suggests that eating berries can slow cognitive degeneration -- they will make your brain stay stronger, longer. The study followed more than 16,000 women, average age 74, for just over two years. The women who consumed the most berries over this time period appeared to have delayed aging of the brain. Some individual results showed the brain was two and a half years younger than the age of the woman.
Why is this such a big deal? Scientists and doctors say that “if you can delay the onset (of cognitive degeneration) by six months, let alone two or more years, the overall global impact on public health is immeasurable”. In the United States, Alzheimer’s Disease affects over 5.4 million people, quality of life and overall well being of these people is greatly declined. If one can slow the aging mind, then they can enjoy more years of clear memory!
Flavonoids, found in berries, are a type of antioxidant which are believed to be the key chemical helping keep brains young, and blueberries and strawberries contain the most amount of flavonoids of all the berries. Other foods high in flavonoids - tea, apples and oranges - all will benefit the brain when consumed regularly.
This is the first study of its kind and more findings will be released, but the idea that something as simple and delicious as eating a berry can help brain health so greatly is very promising.
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