It’s Good Housekeeping’s 17th anniversary, and mommies, it’s your month, too! Enjoy meaty reads on everything relevant to you—from deliciously simple cake recipes to stories of compassion during Pope Francis’s visit.

Grab a copy now!

Good Housekeeping
Jennifer Chan, Staff Writer
 
May 01, 2012

Eating Berries May Slow Cognitive Decline, Study Shows

Adding blueberries or strawberries to your diet may keep your brain healthy all the way into your 70s and beyond. By Jennifer Chan

That eating blueberries and strawberries is good for the brain is nothing new. In fact, previous studies have already found evidence of its positive effects on cognitive function. To further corroborate these results, a new study published in the Annals of Neurology shows the results of conducting similar research on a wider scale. 

Elizabeth Devore and her colleagues from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital studied the eating habits of a single group of 16,000 women who were participating in the Nurses' Health Study, which is an ongoing investigation into women's health that started in 1976. During their 50s and 60s, the participants answered questions about what they ate every four years through phone calls. In their 70s, they were asked to come into the lab for six different cognitive function tests. 

Results revealed that women who ate a half cup of blueberries or one whole cup of strawberries at least once a week were able to put off cognitive decline by around 1.5 to 2.5 years. Even after accounting for other factors that may have contributed to better brain health, the researchers found the same results.

While the study can’t confirm that eating berries will slow down dementia associated with aging or Alzheimer’s disease, Devore and her fellow researchers may be on the right track.  After all, past rodent studies have shown that berries contain flavonoid compounds called anthocyanidin, which affect brain tissues responsible for learning and memory.

 

(Photo by Angelo DeSantis via Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
COMMENTS
Name :
Email :
Website :
Comment :
Security Image
 
 
NOTE: FemaleNetwork.com is a CLEAN ZONE. Editors reserve the right to delete obscene comments.
Filter comments by:
  • Be the first one to comment...
Filter comments by:
 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
follow us
Jennifer Chan
Staff Writer
Jennifer Chan was a contributing writer for Female Network for two years before formally joining the team as a staff writer in July 2012... Read more...
Latest Articles by This Author
LATEST Articles
MOST READ Articles
Is Your Headache a Sign of Something More Serious?
Know when you should seek professional help.   May 27, 2015 
8 Thoughts You Have When You Start Exercising
"Payat na ba ako?"  May 25, 2015 
What You Really Need to Lose Weight
We're not talking about a gym membership.   May 18, 2015 
This Is Why You’re Still Hungry After You Eat
No, your stomach isn't going haywire.  May 17, 2015 
Here's Why You Look Thinner In The Morning!
No, you're not dreaming.  May 15, 2015 
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT