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New research from the US has highlighted that a diet rich in phytochemicals from berries could help improve brain health. The review – published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry – suggests that strong scientific evidence exists to support the beneficial effects of berries on the brain.

The researchers explained that recent research has increasingly shown that eating berry fruits can benefit the ageing brain. Their new review analysed the strength of the evidence for these effects and found that berries could help the brain to remain healthy in several ways. The team noted that berry fruits contain high levels of antioxidants that they suggest protect the brain from oxidative stress produced by harmful free radicals. In addition, the review found that berries can alter the way cells in the brain communicate, preventing inflammation and neuronal damage, while improving both motor control and cognition.

Commenting on the research, the reviewers wrote: “In cell and animal models, berry fruits mediate signalling pathways involved in inflammation and cell survival, in addition to enhancing neuroplasticity, neurotransmission, and calcium buffering, all of which lead to attenuation of age- and pathology-related deficits in behaviour”.  


Article References

Miller, MG et al Berry Fruit Enhances Beneficial Signaling in the Brain. J Agric Food Chem. 2012 Feb 3.

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