Berries for Your Brain

If you want to keep your memory sharp, you might want to add some more berries to your diet. According to new research, eating berries such as blueberries, strawberries and blackberries can benefit the brain and may help prevent age-related memory loss and other changes.

Researchers from the USDA-ARS Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging reviewed cellular, animal and human studies and found evidence that eating berries can benefit the aging brain. They concluded that fruits help the brain stay healthy because they contain high levels of antioxidants, which protect cells from damage by free radicals. In addition, they found that berries change the way neurons in the brain communicate. These changes in signaling can prevent inflammation in the brain that contributes to the damage of neurons and therefore improve both cognition and motor control.

The authors of the study say more research is needed to determine whether these benefits are due to individual compounds found in berries or whether the combination of chemicals found in each berry just have similar effects.