Best Brain Foods

If someone asked you which were the best foods for your body and brain, what would you say? Spinach? Broccoli? Salmon? Kale?

How about berries?

Did you know that berries can be thought of as superfoods? They're loaded with nutrients and they fight diseases. They can be far more healthy than supplements, and even prescription medicines. Much of their power comes from anthocyanins. That's what gives them their color and their antioxidant activity.

If you eat berries on a regular basis -- blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, etc. -- you can improve your brain's ability to form new cell connections. You can also reduce the damage to your brain cells due to inflammation, and prevent, even reverse, age-related memory loss, especially your short-term memory. Berries can also protect your brain against the amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease.

In a study done at Tufts' Nutrition Research Center on Aging, people who ate an ounce of freeze-dried blueberries every day for 3 months had a 20% improvement in memory. Those tested with freeze dried strawberries also showed memory improvement.

What does this mean? It means you should eat a cup of blueberries or strawberries every day. They can be fresh or frozen. They should be organic because the one thing you have to avoid is pesticides.

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