Monday, October 27, 2014
Berries = Better Brains
Usually the stuff I love to eat isn’t healthy to eat, like ice cream. But I love berries, all kinds of berries, and this article by Beth Fontenot in the Atlantic, which I originally read on the Lumosity.com Facebook site, says that “Berries may provide protection against Alzheimer's as well as age-related memory loss and other types of cognitive decline.”
The article goes on to say that “Marshall G. Miller and Barbara Shukitt-Hale, researchers with the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, reviewed cellular, animal, and human studies on berry fruits and the aging brain and found strong evidence that blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and other berry fruits have beneficial effects.
They found that berry fruits protect the brain in several ways. They contain high amounts of antioxidants that protect cells from damage. Berry fruits also change the way that neurons in the brain communicate, and this may prevent inflammation in the brain that can damage neurons. Components in berries also improve cognition and motor control.”
For me that means on thing, “BERRY BINGEING!”
Here’s a link to the Atlantic article: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/04/the-benefits-of-berries-to-the-brain/255262/
And here’s a link to the abstract in the “Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry” - http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf2036033
PS - Yes this is a bad pun that probably only works in English.
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