berries a smart way to boost brain function August 24, 2010Posted by Dreamhealer in Diet.
Load up your bowl with strawberries and blueberries if you want your brain to stay healthy as you age, scientists reported Monday. It may sound like advice your mom gave you growing up, but it goes beyond berries just being good for you.
A study presented at the American Chemical Society national meeting Monday concludes blueberries, strawberries and Amazonian acai berries act as a “housekeeper” to recycle toxic proteins linked to age-related memory loss and decline in mental function, said Shibu Poulose.
The berries help fuel the body’s own scrubbers that remove toxic chemicals before they can do damage, according to the study.
Previous studies have suggested part of the aging process is the declining ability of the body to protect itself against inflammation and oxidative damage, said Poulose, who is with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Centre on Aging in Boston.