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Berries Benefit the Brain

A recent study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that berries have significant benefits on the brain.

After conducting an extensive review of existing cellular, animal and human studies on the topic, researchers concluded that berries help the brain in two main ways:

  1. Berries are high in antioxidants, which help protect cells from free radical damage.
  2. Berries change neuron signaling in a way that can prevent inflammation in the brain, prevent neuronal damage, and improve cognition and motor control.

The researchers concluded that berries are especially beneficial for the aging brain, helping to prevent memory loss and age-related decline. Mental decline later in life has become a topic of increasing concern as lifespan continues to increase.

A healthy and tasty addition to our diets, berries hold promise to help improve quality of life and reduce medical costs related to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of mental decline.

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