Navigation Links
Eating Berries Might Help Preserve Your Memory
Date:4/26/2012

By Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, April 26 (HealthDay News) -- Regular consumption of berries, such as blueberries or strawberries, may help keep your brain functioning well as you age, new research suggests.

The study found that women with the highest intake of berries appeared to delay cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years. Cognition refers to brain activities such as thinking, remembering and reasoning.

"Given that we know that fruits and vegetables are good for our health in general, our findings add to the idea that we should be consuming more, especially berries, as a way to help maintain memory in older ages," said the study's lead author, Elizabeth Devore, an instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, in Boston.

"Berries are a simple dietary intervention that may be helpful to the brain," Devore added.

Results of the study were published online April 26 in the Annals of Neurology.

Berries and other fruits and vegetables are rich in substances known as flavonoids. Flavonoids help protect the body's cells from damage and reduce inflammation.

"Flavonoids, which are antioxidants found in berries, apples, citrus fruits, tea, red wine and onions, have been shown to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancers," explained nutritionist Nancy Copperman, director of public health initiatives at the North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, N.Y.

Berries contain a particular flavonoid called anthocyanidin. Devore said anthocyanidin helps give berries their rich colors, and it's found in fruits such as raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cherries, elderberries, and red and concord grapes.

Devore explained that one of the things that's special about anthocyanidins is that they can cross the blood-brain barrier and that these flavonoids tend to locate in the areas of the brain responsible for memory and learning.

Another recent study, also from Harvard but from a different group of researchers, recently found that berries might help reduce a man's risk of Parkinson's disease.

The current study included data on food consumption from the U.S. Nurses' Health Study, which began in 1980 and collected dietary information every four years. In the period between 1995 and 2001, the researchers began measuring cognitive function in just over 16,000 female volunteers.

At the time the researchers started measuring cognitive function, all of the study participants were older than 70. Cognitive function was measured twice with a two-year interval between each assessment.

The investigators found that women who had the highest intake of blueberries (more than one serving a week) and strawberries (more than twice a week), appeared to delay cognitive aging by as much as 2.5 years. Devore said other berries may also contribute to a reduction in cognitive aging, but there wasn't enough consumption of other berries, cherries or grapes to be able to study the effects of these fruits. A serving of blueberries or strawberries is a half-cup, she noted.

Commenting on the study, Dr. Robert Graham, an internist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said: "Large epidemiological studies, such as this one, add to the basic science research that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of berries have a beneficial role in age-related cognitive decline. I would advise all my patients, at any age, to eat more berries. Berries are an easy, nutritious and delicious way preserve brain function."

Copperman, the nutritionist, said that "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."

While the study found an association between eating berries and maintaining mental function, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

More information

Read more about the benefits of fruits and vegetables from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Elizabeth Devore, Sc.D., instructor in medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston; Robert Graham, M.D., internist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Nancy Copperman, M.S., R.D., director, public health initiatives, North Shore-LIJ Health System, Great Neck, N.Y.; April 26, 2012, Annals of Neurology, online


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Study carried out into biological risks of eating reptiles
2. Bariatricfurnishings.com Launches Unique Eco-friendly Seating for Health Care, Hospitality, Assisted Living Centers, and Home Use at Competitive Prices
3. Legislating to promote healthy eating and physical activity
4. First Breakthrough in Water Heating Technology!
5. Personalizing cancer: Creating biomarkers from tumor DNA
6. Figure Skating Standards Foster Eating Disorders, Says Kimberly Dennis, M.D.
7. Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders Sponsors a Special Edition of the Award-Winning Documentary America The Beautiful
8. Taxing unhealthy foods may encourage healthier eating habits
9. Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life -- The Definitive Guide to Changing the Way People Eat and Live
10. Europes top football venues are not prepared for treating spectators who suffer heart attacks
11. Seattle Suttons Healthy Eating Sponsoring The Biggest Loser Chicago Casting Call
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Eating Berries Might Help Preserve Your Memory
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... May 27, 2016 , ... Beleza Medspa ... fat composition regulations. This is the first time that Coolsculpting is being used ... least every six months to ensure they meet the prescribed body-fat standard, measured by ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 , ... Despite last ... meeting, expect Janet Yellen and company to wait until March 2017 for an interest ... University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. , “The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... ... property (IP) to its specialty academic programs. , Answering to the increasing demand ... certificate programs in health law, and environmental and land use law. ,  , ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... , ... May 26, 2016 , ... There are nearly ... than 32 million cancer survivors worldwide. On Sunday, June 5, 2016, communities around the ... National Cancer Survivors Day®. , National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual worldwide ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... , ... May 26, 2016 , ... In an effort to provide hair restoration information ... both Snapchat users and those who do not use the app. Dr. Mohebi, the founder ... page, Dr. Mohebi Live . , Dr. Mohebi says, “The positive response to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)... , May 24, 2016 Cirujanos ... para ayudar a los médicos a compartir sus mejores ... a escala mundial. Profesionales médicos de Europa, África, ... han apuntado a la aplicación, que combina la transmisión ... entorno totalmente seguro. Educación   "Imagine ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... , May 24, 2016  NxStage Medical, Inc. ... company focused on advancing renal care, today announced that ... to participate in the following schedule of investor conferences. ... made available at http://ir.nxstage.com/ .   ... Jefferies Healthcare Conference NY, NY           Friday, June 10, ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... 2016 Les ... la première endoprothèse à double thérapie au ... portant sur les membres inférieurs et la ... entreprise mondiale spécialisée dans la fourniture de ... a élargi son portefeuille pour inclure des ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: