Berries Benefit Your Brain

Does you regularly eat luscious strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or raspberries?

BerriesExciting new findings reveal that berries can boost your brain power.

Researchers writing in the American Chemical Society's (ACS) Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, conclude that eating more blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and other berries may help prevent age-related memory loss and other mental status changes.

Berries benefit your brain in several ways. They're already known for their high levels of antioxidants, which are compounds "that protect cells from damage by harmful free radicals," found the researchers, Barbara Shukitt-Hale, Ph.D., and Marshall G. Miller.
Research also shows that berries alter the manner in which 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," said ACS, a nonprofit organization chartered by Congress.

This new study adds to the growing body of research, which has identified neurological benefits associated with consuming berries.

This sweet berry news emphasizes the fact that if you don't eat refined sugar, you can still enjoy sweet foods — and benefit at the same times. Now that you have more reasons to eat berries, here are two ideas on how to consume them:
  • Try adding a modest portion (1/4 or 1/2 cup of blueberries, raspberries or other berries_ into a tasty, healthy, sugar-free Berry Cacao-Cado Protein Shake (as I did this morning).
  • Make your own yummy, sugar-free berry dessert, thanks to the new Dessert Bullet, as I shared earlier on this Sugar Shock Blog.

Join the Conversation: What's your favorite way to eat berries? Share your thoughts now.

Special thanks to Natural News and reporter J.D. Heyes for the heads up about this new research.

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