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Eating berries reduce memory loss risk

Eating blueberries and strawberries at least once a week can slow down the process of age-related cognitive decline and memory loss.

Harvard Medical School researchers focused on about 16,000 women who had participated in the Nurses' Health Study. The study which began in 1979 recruited almost 122,000 registered nurses aged 30 to 55.

The mental ability of the participants was measured every two years between 1995 and 2001 when they were older than 70.

The results showed that women who ate the most blueberries and strawberries delayed their memory decline up to 2.5 years, says the report published in Annals of Neurology.

“Among women who consumed 2 or more servings of strawberries and blueberries each week we saw a modest reduction in memory decline,” said study author Dr. Elizabeth Devore. “This effect appears to be attainable with relatively simple dietary modifications.”

“Our findings have significant public health implications as increasing berry intake is a fairly simple dietary modification to test cognition protection in older adults,” she added. “What makes our study unique is the amount of data we analyzed over such a long period of time. No other berry study has been conducted on such a large scale.”


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