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Berries On The Brain

Posted Apr 27 2012 10:36am

We’ve all heard about how healthy fruit is and that we should eat it daily as part of a proper nutrition program. For me, I start most of my days with a fruit filled smoothy from my blender, including blueberries. While having my smoothy this morning, I was delighted to see an article in the Vancouver sun titled Eating more berries helps boost your brain power

For many people with ADD, the discovery of great nutrition with foods like berries have been huge steps forward in learning to manage and over come this challenge. From the Vancouver Province article today; “Women who eat plenty of blueberries and strawberries experience slower mental decline with age than women who consume fewer of the flavonoid-rich fruits, a U.S. study said Thursday. Based on a survey of more than 16,000 women who filled out regular questionnaires on their health habits from 1976 through 2001, the findings showed that those who ate the most berries delayed cognitive decline by up to 21/2 years. I would advise all my patients, at any age, to eat more berries. Berries are an easy, nutritious and delicious way to preserve brain function. Flavonoids are antioxidants that are found in berries, apples, citrus fruits, tea, red wine and onions, and previous research has shown they may reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. The current study demonstrates that women who consumed the most flavonoids, especially berries, had a slower cognitive decline over time than women with lower intakes. Increasing our intakes of fruits and vegetables is one of the best ways to live a healthy life.

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