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By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on August 24, 2010 

A new report suggests eating blueberries, strawberries, and acai berries may help the aging brain stay healthy in a crucial but previously unrecognized way.

The study, presented at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), concludes that berries, and possibly walnuts, activate the brain’s natural “housekeeper” mechanism.

The berries’ natural compounds seem to clean up and recycle toxic proteins linked to age-related memory loss and other mental decline.

Shibu Poulose, Ph.D., who presented the report, said previous research suggested that one factor involved in aging is a steady decline in the body’s ability to protect itself against inflammation and oxidative damage.

This leaves people vulnerable to degenerative brain diseases, heart disease, cancer, and other age-related disorders.

“The good news is that natural compounds called polyphenolics found in fruits, vegetables and nuts have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect that may protect against age-associated decline,” said Poulose, who is with the U. S. Department of Agriculture.

Read in Full:  http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/08/24/eat-berries-for-brain-health/17203.html



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