Mixed Berries Boost your Brain Power
While it may not improve your Mensa score, the right foods can definitely boost your overall cognition and keep your brain healthy through the years. Blueberries and strawberries, which are high in flavonoids, appear to reduce cognitive decline in older adults according to a study published in Annals of Neurology. Another study published Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reported that berries change the way neurons in the brain communicate. These changes in signaling can prevent inflammation in the brain that contribute to neuronal damage and improve both motor control and cognition. Men who eat flavonoid-rich foods such as berries, significantly reduce their risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, according to new research by Harvard University and the University of East Anglia. Around 130,000 men and women took part in the research. More than 800 had developed Parkinson’s disease within 20 years of follow-up. After a detailed analysis of their diets and adjusting for age and lifestyle, male participants who ate the most flavonoids were shown to be 40 per cent less likely to develop the disease than those who ate the least.
Strawberries Can Help You Feel Younger
Anything that reduces oxidative stress in the body can also help you turn back the clock and reduce your risk of most diseases associated with aging. In one study strawberries have been proven to help with just that by improving the antioxidant capacity of blood. A group of volunteers ate half a kilo of strawberries every day for two weeks to demonstrate that eating this fruit improves the antioxidant capacity of blood. Each day, the scientists fed 12 healthy volunteers 500 grams of strawberries throughout the day. They took blood samples from them after four, eight, 12, 16 days, and 30 days. The results show that regular consumption of this fruit can improve the antioxidant capacity of blood plasma and also the resistance of red blood cells to oxidative stress.