MAXIMIZE YOUR MEMORY WITH BERRIES
Prevention Magazine Insert
Finding your memory a bit fuzzier than it used to be?
The first word to remember to sharpen your memory is flavonoids. These are the amazing healing compounds found in fruits and vegetables. Berries and some vegetables are particularly rich in a type of flavonoid called anthocyanins, which directly affect the area of the brain associated with learning and memory.
Berries and some vegetables (see list below) have been shown to naturally block an inflammatory enzyme called COX-2, which is the main promoter of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. No wonder studies show that frequent consumption of these delicious berries and vegetables delay cognitive aging by as many as 2.5 years.
Plants rich in anthocyanins are Vaccinium species, such as blueberry, cranberry, and bilberry; Rubus berries, including black raspberry, red raspberry, and blackberry; blackcurrant, cherry, eggplant (aubergine) peel, black rice, Concord grape, muscadine grape, red cabbage, and violet petals.