Strawberries for Brain Health

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The latest issue of AARP Magazine discusses a Brigham and Women’s Hospital research report that found eating flavonoid-rich berries can help decrease the rate of brain age by up to 2.5 years!

It’s always wonderful to find even more reasons to enjoy Florida strawberries, not that you needed any more. We have additional information on the health benefits of eating Florida strawberries right here.

Here’s a quote from the article.

To strengthen your brain, eat berries! Older women who consume at least a cup of strawberries or one-half cup of blueberries per week delay cognitive aging by up to two and a half years, according to a new study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston (and yes, researchers say, berries likely provide similar benefits for men). The key ingredient is flavonoids: antioxidants also found in tea, red wine, apples and oranges.

AARP Magazine

Below is an excerpt with a more information on the topic direct from the BWH press release.

“What makes our study unique is the amount of data we analyzed over such a long period of time. No other berry study has been conducted on such a large scale,” explained Elizabeth Devore, a researcher in the Channing Laboratory at BWH, who is the lead author on this study. “Among women who consumed 2 or more servings of strawberries and blueberries each week we saw a modest reduction in memory decline. This effect appears to be attainable with relatively simple dietary modifications.”

BWH Press Release