Eating berries 'can fight off mental decline'

27 April 2012

People could help to limit mental decline in later life by following a healthy diet, the latest study suggests.

Researchers in the US have found that eating blueberries and strawberries can help to reduce the possibility of suffering from neurological disorders.

Following analysis of data from the Nurses' Health Study, the study team highlighted that these fruits can delay the ageing of the brain by up to two and a half years where elderly women are concerned.

While the research focused on women, the researchers pointed out that the high content of flavonoids in berry fruits can also make strawberries and blueberries a good diet choice for men.

Dr Elizabeth Devore, from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, commented: "Our findings have significant public health implications as increasing berry intake is a fairly simple dietary modification to test cognition protection in older adults."

Meanwhile, Chinese researchers have suggested that women who regularly eat their greens have more chance of surviving breast cancer than those who follow a more unhealthy diet.

Posted by Edward Bartel


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