Berries and Brain Function

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Making berries a part of your daily diet may help keep your memory sharp. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about a possible link between berries and brain function in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Theres strong evidence that eating berries can boost brain function and may prevent age-related memory loss.

Researchers who evaluated laboratory and animal studies suggest that eating berries has beneficial effects on brain signaling pathways involved in inflammation and cell death. The net effect of these improvements in brain function may stall age-related brain disorders like Alzheimers disease and dementia.

Researchers reviewed recent studies on the effects of berries on brain signaling or internal communication and behavior.

The review shows cellular, animal and human studies confirm that berries like blueberries, blackberries, cranberries and strawberries benefit the aging brain in several ways.

First, the high antioxidant content of berries helps protect brain cells from damage by harmful free radicals, which are set loose within the body by the process of oxidation.

Second, berries change the way the neurons in the brain communicate with each other. These changes can prevent inflammation that can lead to brain cell damage and thereby improve movement control and function.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.