This past week a new study emerged claiming that eating berries such as blueberries, strawberries, and acai berries will help your brain age in a healthy way. In this study, researchers report that the berries may be responsible for cleaning up the toxic debris that leads to mental decline and other age-related memory loss.
Poulose and Joseph focused on another reason why nerve function declines with aging. It involves a reduction in the brain’s natural house-cleaning process. Cells called microglia are the housekeepers. In a process called autophagy, they remove and recycle biochemical debris that otherwise would interfere with brain function.
“But in aging, microglia fail to do their work, and debris builds up,” Poulose explained. “In addition, the microglia become over-activated and actually begin to damage healthy cells in the brain. Our research suggests that the polyphenolics in berries have a rescuing effect. They seem to restore the normal housekeeping function. These findings are the first to show these effects of berries.”
This is awesome research for your health. Age-related mental decline is not something you just have to live with!
Mental decline as part of the aging process may be due to your brain not being able to detoxify itself from the debris that accumulates.
This is important for the medical community because it shows that your diet can actually impair your body leading to disease.
Berries help the brain’s housekeepers keep up the good work! They also protect you against age-related memory loss!
So what does this mean?
Well, eat your berries! But that’s not all! Increase your consumption of a full array of fruits and vegetables which also contain many different healthful chemicals for your brain and your body. Choose fruits and vegetables that are full of anthocyanins which are found in the produce with the colors of blue, dark red, and orange.
Be eating a healthful diet full of fruits and vegetables that cover the expanse of the rainbow, you will make sure you are getting all the nutrients and antioxidants possible that will help protect your body from inflammation.
Without giving your body the nutrients it needs to fight off the damaging affects of the world around us, you are setting yourself up for development of chronic diseases!
So, get out there and eat your fruits and vegetables! Fresh is best, but frozen is a great runner up of providing the most healthful chemicals and nutrients for your body!
A great way to get your big dose of berries and some other great health superfoods is by making this awesome All-Year Berry Smoothie!
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Source: Science Daily