Eating Berries / Flavonoids May Help Memory Decline, Research Shows


FlavonoidsBerries are good for the brain, and according to a study it suggests that the flavonoids in the fruits can help fend off the mental decline of aging.  Women who ate one or more servings of blueberries or two or more servings of strawberries a week over two decades had minds that, based on memory tests, were 2.5 years younger than those who ate little to no berries, research Thursday in the Annals of Neurology showed.

Blueberries and strawberries are rich in a type of flavonoid called anthocyanidins, which are know to cross from the blood into the brain and locate in the parts involved in learning and memory, said lead study author Elizabeth Devore.  Flavonoids also may help mitigate the effects of stress and inflammation that could contribute to cognitive decline, she said.  More studies are needed to confirm the findings.

“There is very little known about flavonoids and memory, and virtually nothing known about long-term consumption of berries and flavonoids in relation to memory,” said Devore, an instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, in a Tuesday e-mail.  “This is really the first, large epidemiologic study of its kind.  This is an exciting finding given that increasing berry intake is such a simple dietary modification.”

Researchers in the study included women from the Nurses’ Health Study who answered food questionnaires every four years beginning in 1980.  Between 1995 and 2001, cognitive function was measured every two years in 16,010 participants who were 70 years and older.  In the study, one serving was equal to half a cup (118 milliliters).


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They found that while berries appeared to help memory the most, other foods rich in flavonoids such as tea, onions and red wine, may also be helpful for memory, Devore said.  The authors said that the improved memory may also be the result of lifestyle choices like exercising more.  Women in the study who consumed the most berries also had higher physical activity levels and annual household incomes, the study said.

Now if you’re like most people you’re only getting about 20mg of flavonoids per day which is very very low.  You should be getting over 300mg daily!  Flavonoids are found in plant parts not typically consumed: seeds, peels, flowers, and bark.  They support circulation, capillary strength, and cardiovascular health.  They are also water soluble, so they tend to accumulate in the tissues rich in blood, such as the intestines and the liver.  Now you could try boosting the berry servings in your diet, but you would have to eat this much each day! (Click Here For Picture) Or… you could get help from the #1 Natural Nutrition Company in the U.S. and look into “Flavomax.”  This naturally safe proven effective supplement uniquely combines super concentrated extracts from blueberry, elderberry, green tea, and grape seed, among others.  It will also provide you with an unmatched 300mg of flavonoids to help fight those nasty free radicals and help with memory and brain functions.


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Lynne is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and Therapeutic Massage and Ethics Educator with extensive study in preventative nutrition and physiology. For over 35 years, Lynne has helped thousands of people through consulting, seminars and writing.

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