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Two Berries Delay Brain Aging Two-and-a-Half Years

Anthocyanidins are a type of flavonoids responsible for the red, blue, or purple colors in berries and other foods.  While the effect of consumption of other anthocyanidin and flavonoid-rich foods was not assessed as part of this study, it is likely that they will have similar brain protective effects.  Other sources of anthocyanidins and flavonoids include:  blueberries, cherries, cranberries, grapes, raspberries, and strawberries and to a lesser extent in almonds, apples, cocoa, and peanuts.

Other research shows that they decrease free radical activity in and between brain cells. They also inhibit the production of histamine, making them a natural anti-histamine without the drowsy side effects of many pharmaceuticals. Numerous studies show that anthocyanidins have anticancer and antitumor activity, and one study concluded that anthocyanidins may demonstrate chemotherapeutic activity against breast cancer.

When it comes to heart disease, anthocyanidins help reduce high blood pressure and improve the body’s ability to metabolize fat. In tests on rabbits, anthocyanidins demonstrated significant reduction in the development of atherosclerosis. They also appeared to protect against heart attacks linked to certain asthma drugs.  They even have stronger antioxidant properties than either vitamins C or E.

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4:22PM PDT on Sep 6, 2012

Thank you for sharing. I have been reading about the many medical benefits of berries lately, so they seem to be a good choice for any number of reasons. In addition to diet, I think that stress reduction and lifestyle also play a role in slowing brain aging. Belleruth Naparstek has a list of tips ( based on research that I have been trying to follow.

10:42AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Too bad strawberries are so porous and retain pesticides and toxins.

8:10PM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Yummy and good for you

7:04PM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Blueberries are a great wonder food.

10:40AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

Interesting - thanks

5:15AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012


9:38AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Thanks for sharing. Does anyone know if this extends to jams (e.g. strawberry jam, blueberry jam, etc.)?

11:26PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

Nature supplies all our needs, lets nature her too! If we eat these amazing berries we would not have to worry about alzheimers or dementia. How great is that!

11:02PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

thanks for sharing

3:07PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

Yay for stuff we don't have to import! Right now there's so much hype about acai- even though you can get the same nutrients from combinations of other berries. A lot of forest along the Amazon river has been cleared for acai plantations. Let's stop this fad now.

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