Berries are a Brain Super Food

April 5, 2012 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Berries are a Brain Super Food
Researchers at the United States Department of Agriculture lead the world in serious berry research and the brain, with a special emphasis on blueberries. They now say the following, “Dietary supplementation with berry fruits also has direct effects on the brain. Intake of these fruits may help to prevent age-related neurodegeneration…in addition to enhancing neuroplasticity, neurotransmission, and calcium buffering, all of which lead to attenuation of age- and pathology-related deficits in behavior. Recent clinical trials have extended these antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cognition-sparing effects to humans.”

Organic berries are available year round in the frozen food section and can be blended into a protein drink or smoothie for breakfast. This makes it easy to incorporate these fruits into your diet when they are not in season. Berries are an important fruit to eat organic and preferably grown in the United States. Concentrated dietary supplements of blueberries and other berries typically contain the active compounds of a full cup of berries in a single capsule, which is another convenient way to get the brain nourishing benefits of berries.

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