ABC World News: Harvard Study Says Blueberries and Strawberries Can Preserve Memory.

BlueberriesApr 26, 2012 – ABC World News with Diane Sawyer reported about a giant study that was released today about the superfood berries. It confirms what we have been hearing for years about blueberries.  The new study adds strawberries to the mix and says eating both berries can preserve memory.  Researchers from Harvard Medical School  gave 16,000 women over the age of 70 a memory quiz involving 10 words.  Researchers found that the women who did the best on the quiz were eating the most blueberries and strawberries.

ABC explains that berries contain a type of antioxidant called anthocyanins which move from your blood up into your brain where they concentrate in your hippocampus which is responsible for memory and learning.  Berries help reduce inflammation which protects the connections that create memory.

Researchers feel that eating as little as 1/2 cup of blueberries or 1 cup of strawberries a week, might slow down memory loss by 2 1/2 years. But berries have other health benefits.

Studies have been shown that as little as 3/4 cup of mixed berries per day, can help lower cholesterol, ease diabetes and prevent both clogged arteries and kidney stones.

Berries can be expensive, but Nancy Cooperman, nutritionist, tells ABC’s Dan Harris that frozen blueberries are actually much cheaper than fresh berries and they’re just as good.  There are also much cheaper foods that have the same benefits like onions, teas, apples and wine.

ABC felt it was necessary to mention that the study was funded in part by the strawberry industry.

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