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Berries Keep Your Brain Young

Eating berries may help to keep your brain young.

Apparently, berry fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries are naturally high in antioxidants but in particular they are also a good natural source of polyphenols.

Natural compounds called polyphenolics found in fruits, vegetables and nuts have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect that may protect against age-associated decline and berries are loaded with them.

Berries keep your brain young

I welcomed this news for two reasons because firstly I love berries and this gives me a good reason to eat them regularly and secondly, I’ve watched both my grandmother and my mother decline with dementia and Alzheimer's which are both horrific degenerative age related illnesses.

Many of us pay attention to the visible signs of aging such as wrinkles and saggy skin, or we do strength training to keep our bodies strong and active but how many of us give any thought to anti aging for our brain and ways to keep our brain young?

What is the point of having smooth wrinkle free skin and a young looking body if your brain becomes confused and forgetful?

A steady decline in the body’s ability to protect itself against inflammation and oxidative damage is one of the biggest factors involved in aging and this causes degenerative age related illnesses such as brain diseases, heart disease and cancer.

Thankfully there is now strong scientific evidence to support the belief that eating blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and other berry fruits has beneficial effects on the brain and may help prevent age-related memory loss and other changes, it was reported by ScienceDaily.

As people are taking more care of themselves they are living longer, which is good news, however, these longer life spans are putting a strain on health care costs associated with caring for the elderly who have dementia, Alzheimer's and other age related diseases.

As someone who does not want to go the same way as my mother or my grandmother I decided to find out more about how I can keep my brain young.

In the article, Barbara Shukitt-Hale, Ph.D., and Marshall G. Miller, point out that recent research increasingly shows that eating berry fruits can benefit the aging brain. To analyze the strength of the evidence about berry fruits, they extensively reviewed cellular, animal and human studies on the topic.

Their studies found that berry fruits help the brain stay healthy in several ways. Berry fruits contain high levels of antioxidants, compounds that protect cells from damage by harmful free radicals. The two also report that berry fruits 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.

Although berries and walnuts are rich sources of polyphenols, many other fruits and vegetables contain these chemicals too - especially those with deep red, orange, or blue colors. Those colors come from pigments termed anthocyanins that are good antioxidants.

It is also important that you eat the whole fruit, not just the juice, because the whole fruit contains the full range of hundreds of healthful chemicals. These chemicals are not destroyed by freezing so buying frozen berries all year round will give you a constant source of polyphenols.

Keeping your brain young should be an important part of your anti aging program because if dementia strikes, you will forget how to do the most basic things, which means you will become totally dependent on other people, no matter how young you look on the outside.

It’s a sad fact that more than 800,000 people in the UK alone suffer from some form of dementia, and 75% of those have Alzheimer’s. All forms of dementia lead to mental decline, memory loss, speech and movement problems, and then death.

Experts have warned that dementia cases are set to rise by nearly 30% in the next 10 years. Dementia affects young as well as elderly people so it is no longer age related, or something you can avoid thinking about until you are older.

I always believe that prevention is better than cure, and in the case of keeping your brain healthy, once the nerve cells begin to die, it’s too late. So with that in mind (no pun intended) taking early preventive steps is worthwhile, and I shall be eating more berries from now on because I definitely want to keep my brain young for as long as possible.

 

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