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The Endless Benefits of Berries

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The Endless Benefits of Berries

By Joanna Evans

Berries have been a major part of our diet for centuries, but only recently have scientists taken an interest in their constituents and potential health benefits. Now, they’re finding that berries of all varieties–from strawberries and raspberries to goji and açaí berries–may hold the key to combating cancer, dementia and other diseases.

Scientists recently reported the first human evidence that blueberries can boost memory and may even help ward off dementia. Nine older adults with early memory decline drank two cups of a commercial blueberry juice every day for two months, while a control group drank a beverage without blueberry juice. Tests taken before and after revealed that those who drank the blueberry juice showed improvement in learning and memory, leading researchers to conclude that blueberries may offer neurocognitive benefits.

These results confirm the findings of previous animal studies, which showed that blueberries can reverse age-related deficits of both brain and behavioral function. Rats fed a blueberry-supplemented diet performed better in maze and object-recognition tests, as well as in tests of balance and coordination. Similar benefits have been seen with cranberries and strawberries.

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5:12AM PDT on May 4, 2013

Thank you Megan, for Sharing this!

8:04AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

Especially an echinococcus infection. :-(

6:26PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

Thank you :)

5:11PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

good to know

6:03AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

Thank you Megan, for Sharing this!

7:05AM PST on Dec 9, 2012

Thanks.

7:53AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Thanks for the information, I love all berries. Especially raspberries.

11:42AM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

Love them all, thank you.

11:41AM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

Love them all, thank you.

9:25PM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

I Love Berries ! Thank you!

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